1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Romanian
  4. >
  5. "Personalul muncește mult."

"Personalul muncește mult."

Translation:The personnel works a lot.

February 8, 2017



Is there a difference between "a munci" and "a lucra"?


Normally not, except in very specific contexts, where you want to stress how hard you work, or some special task you do. ”A munci” says more about some hard work, to do some activity which require physical contribution, when ”a lucra” is more like to have an occupation (https://dexonline.ro/definitie/munci). ”Eu muncesc/lucrez în fabrică” as opposite to ”Eu lucrez la o fabrică de încălțăminte” (I work in a shoes factory), or ”Eu lucrez la calculator” (I am working at the computer). If you say ”Eu muncesc la calculatror” would mean more like you are hard-working to fix it, or repair it, or you want to stress the fact that you are not wasting the time sleeping in front of the computer. etc.

However, in general, you can use them (and their relatives, like ”muncitor-lucrător”, etc) interchangeable in almost all contexts. There are individual and regional preferences for one or the other, or domain-related preferences, or some grammar contraptions where one is not liked, or not existent (ex: ”lucrativ”).


Well, I have a comment about the ”tips” given for this level, but we can not comment there, so this is the first sentence of the chapter and I will comment here: the Romanian „creion” translates only to ”pencil” in English. The English ”crayon” translates to Romanian ”cretă colorată”.


Actually, crayon can translate to creion colorat. Creta colorată should be coloured chalk


In English personnel is a collective noun. Is it the same in Romanian?


yes, unless you mean the train :)


The translation option given to me for this sentence was 'The staff are working much' which does not sound complete in British English.


Indeed, to my American ear, I would expect, "The staff is working a lot." Perhaps in English, "much" is often qualified, like "not much", "so much", "too much". So, "The staff is working so much [that...]," does not sound awkward.


I think this is an older version. Now it is The personnel (staff is good too) works a lot.


i think this should be "the personnel work a lot"


It's true that in British English we tend to use a plural verb with collective nouns, but in American English, the version of the course, I think a singular verb is standard here.

Incidentally, "The staff work a lot" was accepted.


Doesn't make sense to me


When Romanians say "personalul" does it refer to one guy or an entire group? If it's one guy "the staff member works a lot" flows much better in English, if it's a collective noun "the staff works a lot" would work better.


It is also a collective noun in Romanian.


The English is not correct-well, it is not used. "The staff/personnel work hard". One never says that people work a lot. One can say that they do a lot of work.


The people I work with do work a lot. When speaking of them, I can say "the people work a lot".

Learn Romanian in just 5 minutes a day. For free.