"O apară un om slab la ușa ta."

Translation:A skinny man will appear at your door.

March 17, 2017

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JonEnMiljon

om = bărbat, not just ”human”? Wiktionary says that the use of om as an alternative to bărbat is rare today, but perhaps the course makers want us to learn that we might encounter it in old books etc?

March 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lurch_M

If somebody would say that sentence to me in everyday life, I would assume it's about a man (specifically, an adult man). Otherwise, I'd expect them to say "O să apară o femeie..." or something similar.

March 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JonEnMiljon

But would it sound old fashioned? Maybe there are dialectal differences in bărbat vs om?

March 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lurch_M

No, I don't think it would sound old-fashioned. Not to me, at least. (I'm in my early 30's btw...) :-P

March 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JonEnMiljon

That's interesting! Dictionaries can be misleading sometimes... Have a lingot :)

March 19, 2017
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