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"I do not have a teaspoon!"

Translation:Eu nu am linguriță!

January 15, 2017



Why doesn't the indefinite article "o" appear here?


My take is that this is more about learning a language than about treating a subject area. Apparently it is benificial to refresh a small quantity of older vocabulary within a new context. A similar argument holds for absurd/unusual combinations that might (according to N. Chomsky?) reinforce grammar perception.

Personally, I do not like too much discussion about the appropriateness of the sentences - but then again, social bonding is another feature beneficial to language learning :-) To conclude: It is probably a feature rather than a bug!


By the way, it just occured to me that bufnița might be a small bufnă (according to the Internet, a less common word for owl). So the small spoon taught me something about Romanian owls indeed!


I like your positive attitude. :D


But where is the article "o" before "linguriță"?


There is no need for it. English and Romanian don't match under many aspects. This is one of them. In this context ”o linguriță” would mean ”one spoon”. So it will change the meaning.


Don't you dare accusing me of having a teaspoon!


what is it doing in the Animal section?

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