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-an/-a + -on/-o??

Hey all, so I've been faithfully (well, more or less) learning Esperanto for the past several months now, but one thing always baffles me: how do I know which suffixes to use for certain words? Let me give you an example ripped straight from Duolingo and then explain my question (my apologies for not including appropriate characters):

"La geknaboj volas konstrui ajon, sed certe ne konstruajon!"

So in other words, why in this sentence do "ajon" and "konstruajon" end with an "-on," would "ajo" and "konstruajo" be wrong, and if so, why? Or is this just a linguistic formality that nobody really pays attention to, like not being a sentence with "and"?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/StevenWath
StevenWath
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You might want to read the Tips and Notes for the lesson on the Accusative case:

https://www.duolingo.com/skill/eo/Accusative

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sam426459

Thanks! I've been using the app instead of the website, and the app doesn't really explain the distinction.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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If you've been using Duolingo for that long and still have that question, I doubt Duolingo is a right fit for you. Search YouTube for Lernu Kun Logano and take that course. Do the exercises and e-mail them in. You'll have this down in a week.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sam426459

In fairness, I've been using the mobile app which doesn't really explain the distinction. However, I'll look it up. Thanks.

1 year ago