"We were killing our time outside."
Translation:Noi ne omoram timpul pe afară.
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Like Renardo_11 and Mapka15, I am wondering the difference is between afară and pe afară. Looking at examples of sentences, it really looks like they are interchangeable but I couldn't find anything precise about that.
Any input by a native Romanian speaker would be greatly appreciated.
Also: as Alindan3677 pointed out, the English translation is incorrect. I have reported it.
I'm pretty sure this is not correct. I can't see why the pe would be needed here. Maybe you were confused by the following constructions:
- timpul pe care îl omoram = the time that we were killing. Here the pe is needed because it is part of the pe care introducting the relative clause that we were killing, in which timpul is a direct object. If timpul has been, say, the subject, as in timpul care trecea = the time that passed, you would not need to use pe care.
- îl omoram pe Ion = we were killing John. Here it is needed because the direct object (= Ion) is a person. But if you were killing the time, would would say omoram timpul.
If we forget about the complement afară and the reflexive ne, it's a pretty simple sentence: we killed [what?] the time, so "subject + verb + direct complement", exactly as in I eat an apple = mănânc un măr.
The Romanian sentence is correct and natural. But you could also say omorăm timpul, instead of ne omorăm timpul. However, you cannot say omorăm timp.
As you pointed out, the English translation is incorrect.
As a side note, "ownership" is not the best word to describe what the dative structure achieves. It says that you do something for/to someone. In English, this is almost invariably going to be translated using a possessive, e.g, îmi spăl mașina = I wash my car.