"The brother of Sebastian is eight years old."

Translation:Fratele lui Sebastian are opt ani.

February 23, 2017



Why is "Fratele Sebastianului are opt ani" wrong? Female names seem to have no problem getting the -i suffix so can't male names just get the -ului suffix in the same way?

February 23, 2017


Have you learned the answer to this by any chance?

July 12, 2017


Female names ending in -a go to the -ei suffix in dative/genitive.

Ana -> Anei.

However, rare female names ending in consonant or male names just get the preposition "lui" which has nothing to do with the masculine possession pronoun.

Sebastian -> lui Sebastian.

July 15, 2017



July 15, 2017


I attempted to use "a" instead of "are" in the following response: "Fratele lui sebastian a opt ani"

I thought that "are" interchangeable with "a." Is that not the case?

October 1, 2017


That is not the case at all, as far as my knowledge goes. "are" is the third-person singular form of the verb "a avea" - "to have". So it is used when saying "he/she/it has". The small word "a", on the other hand, has a number of uses. It is generally an auxiliary verb or word with many uses.

For example, you'd use it to form feminine ordinal numbers: "a treia femeie" - "the third woman"

It is used to form feminine abolute possessive pronouns: "pisica asta este a mea" - "this cat is mine"

And it is also very often used to indicate the dative/genitive case.

However, I've never encountered "are" to be shortened to "a", I don't know if there is some dialect that does that. There are some similar pairs like "este" and "e" which are the same thing and interchangeable.

October 8, 2017
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