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"Această republică are foarte mulți cetățeni."

Translation:This republic has very many citizens.

April 3, 2017

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iris-92

Why is 'foarte' not translated into the English sentence? It should be 'very many citizens', right? But they just leave 'very' out and mark it wrong when you add it to your translation. Why is it in the Romanian sentence then?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenYoung84

I am reporting every time that "very many" is not an acceptable translation for foarte mulți. However on the flip side most of the time we would say a lot of/lots of/heaps of, very many is less common. But "very many" is still valid and it's a good way for us to keep the versions with and without foarte separate.


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

I was wondering the same thing. I wonder if 'foarte multi' is just a common expression in Romanian to express an awful lot, instead of just a lot. We wouldn't actually say 'There are very many citizens' in English anyway - it doesn't sound right. So maybe it is marked wrong for the benefit of the Romanian to English learners.


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

I think -- very many -- is quite acceptable English, at least in our area.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soyjack1488

"Very many" is perfectly grammatical and would be accepted in the Queen's English. You will find all over Victorian and early 20th Century literature. It's just slightly dated, people prefer "a lot", "heaps of" and other modern forms.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarinaBull2

Corrected "this republic has very many citizens" with "this republic has GOT very many citizens"...!? seriously? ...and then the second time corrected it the other way around?!!?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris265302

'Got' is not necessary. Better English is arguably: this Republic has very many citizens. Thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris265302

You keep changing your mind about the correct answer!!


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

✅ This republic has a great lot of citizens.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soyjack1488

This doesn't work in English.


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

Why do you say that?

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