"Ma vagy holnap?"

Translation:Today or tomorrow?

April 5, 2017

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/UnderCanada

Holnap- is that literally "where-day" or some other etymology?

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vvsey

An interesting question! No idea. But I checked. The "hol" part comes from an ancient, Ural-originated word, meaning "morning".
That is interesting, how the Spanish "mañana" is also used for "tomorrow" and "morning". And, btw, "tomorrow" and "morning" also seem to be sharing some distant ancestor.

You might also ask where "tegnap" (yesterday) comes from. No idea. But I checked. It also comes from the Ural-era. "Te-g(e)-nap", "te" being "this", etc., it is a bit blurry and not that important.

My sources:
https://www.nyest.hu/hirek/tegnap-es-holnap
https://hu.wiktionary.org/wiki/holnap

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV

The similarity of "tomorrow" and "morning" is also very uncanny in German: "morgen" and "Morgen". :)

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/gabriel246188

It is, but its not realy thought of as a compound word. Simmilar to tomorrow in english.

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/guntunge

the dual usage of vagy (and mi) is rather inconvenient. Today you are tomorrow? was my first thought... Here it is quite clear that that is nonsense, but i guess this might cause me some trouble understanding something in the future.

May 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/cosmo-pedant

The possible etymology of "ma" (today) has got me wondering.

February 14, 2018
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