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"Το χάλκινο πιρούνι."

Translation:The copper fork.

January 27, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HellasCad

Why is bronze wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyazko

Several online dictionaries would seem to say that it's not wrong.

http://www.wordreference.com/gren/χαλκινο


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HellasCad

Thank you! I think, therefore, that this should also be allowed.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyazko

This is bronze in ancient Greek. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. So if something is bronze, then it is also copper, but not (necessarily) vice versa.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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Indeed that's true. In modern Greek "bronze" is "μπρούντζος" and copper is "χαλκός".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ravazzata

Why I cannot say the fork of cupper?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HellasCad

What is "cupper"? Maybe if you spell copper correctly it would accept it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ravazzata

Thanks a lot !my mind was in the sky!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KeithMcKay3

Funnily, "copper" comes from the Latin cuprum hence the symbol Cu


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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Yes, that might be what caused the misspelling.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maia_TheOne

could "the fork made of copper", be acceptable?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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No, sorry that doesn't work, it's a description/interpretation it's not a translation.

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juggledean

1 seems to suggest it is better to ignore the hint(s) that are not at the top, at least for this example. Modern pure copper is too soft to make a useful fork. Without more context this phrase suggests an ancient fork, hence probably bronze.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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The hints are programmed to show the correct hint for each word at the top. The other hints are for other sentences and when they are needed they will appear at the top.....so yes you can usually ignore the other hints. That's not to say that sometimes words not at the top are never applicable, but that's not guaranteed.

Your observation of the material of the fork is interesting, of course, we know that whoever wrote this sentence had one aim in mind...."teach these words in a correct sentence...." That it might describe an ancient fork most likely didn't cross their mind.

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