"Se recomandă dormiți măcar opt ore în fiecare noapte."

Translation:It is recommended to sleep at least eight hours every night.

July 17, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lm1019

Why does măcar normally mean only, but in this case means "at least"?

July 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Radu627102

It depends on the context. Măcar means "at least" if you say "I needed at least one hour" - Aveam nevoie măcar de o oră but can mean only if you say "if only I had one hour" - Dacă aș fi avut măcar o oră. It is a bit difficult to explain to a non-native speaker, as it is used in certain phrases - about restrictions or in concessive sentences. By the way "Only" should be translated usually as "doar" or "numai".

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Radu627102

Usually măcar means "at least" - I hope my previous explanation has been posted.

December 28, 2017
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