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"Do you eat a carrot?"

Translation:Unakula karoti?

September 3, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenConway6

The English sentence "Do you eat a carrot?" is very unnatural. It should be "Do you eat carrots?" (in the habitual sense, in general, do you regularly eat carrots? do you like eating carrots?) or "Are you eating a carrot?" (right now). Saying "Do you eat a carrot?" implies that there is one carrot that the person eats throughout their life.


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

I took it to mean a very confused person was asking what to do with this orange pointy thing


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

But, "Are you eating a carrot?" is another possible translation, and it sounds reasonably natural to me. Agreed that "Do you eat a carrot?" is unnatural.


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

Would "Je, Unakula Karoti" be acceptable? if so for people coming back and practicing this, then "Je" in front of questions should be accepted as well.


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

Yeah, it should be accepted. It must be a lot of work typing in all of the allowable answers for each question. Make a report if you get to this again. In fact, if you feel like helping out a bit, try with "je" in front of any yes/no question and report it any time it's not accepted.


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

So is it "Je" before any yes or no question only? Or any question period even if the answer isn't a simple yes or no?


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

I haven't seen it before question-word-questions.

Have a look through the translation database at the bottom: https://glosbe.com/sw/en/je

I think it's a way of making it very clear that it's a question when intonation is otherwise the only way to indicate it. If a question has a word like nani, nini, ngapi, gani etc., that word makes it unambiguously a question as well.


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

^ That was just an idea though; I just found some counter examples in these:

https://glosbe.com/sw/en/je%20nani https://glosbe.com/sw/en/je%20nini


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

I also did this. It shouldn't be marked wrong.

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