"Ei au un nou guvern."

Translation:They have a new government.

December 1, 2016

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/nunes89

An adjective before the noun?

December 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianChw

It works both ways in this sentence: "Ei au un guvern nou."

However, it is not always the case. The inversion is acceptable only for some adjectives. Another example would be "Ei au ținut un minunat discurs / un discurs minunat." (= They gave a wonderful speech.).

You have to keep in mind that if you want to put the adjective first, you also have to give it an (indefinite/definite) article, e.g. "un nou guvern / noul guvern".

Also, the adjective often comes before the noun in literary works. For example, "o preafrumoasă fată" (= an overly beautiful girl), from Mihai Eminescu's poem "Luceafărul".

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/nunes89

I see, it looks like romance languages like to do that, right? hahaha I'm kidding. Today I was talking to a romanian friend and I said "I'm running with my last homework" and he translated as "fug cu ultima temă". I guess ultimul and primul are adjectives to be in this list, am I right?

Thank your so much for the detailed information! :)

December 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianChw

True, ultimul & primul are placed before the noun, but keep in mind they're not adjectives per se. They're called ordinal numerals with adjective value :) They can also have noun value when they don't determine a noun (e.g. Ultimul merge pe stradă. -- The last one is walking on the street).

Such numerals can also be placed after the noun (e.g. "a treia mașină" or "mașina a treia" -- the third car). However, ultimul & primul already have a definite article (-ul) so they need to come before.

Cheers!

December 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/nunes89

Got it, mulțumesc! :D

December 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CaroleJOUB

I could read but not hear all the words even when slowed down

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