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"Fratele meu înoată în fluviu în fiecare dimineață."

Translation:My brother swims in the river every morning.

December 20, 2017



How and why does râu (river) become fluviu (the river)? They don't share any similarities as other declensions do - they don't even have the same stem! Are there any other words like this in Romanian?


They might have the same translation in English but they mean different things in Romanian. " fluviu" is a big river that ends in an ocean or in a sea, and "râu " is a smaller river that ends in a "fluviu". The same situation is in French ("fleuve " , "rivière ") as this comes from Latin ("fluvius ", "rivus ")


Râu and fluviu are synonyms, but different words with seperate declensions.

Using în râu is also correct in this sentence.

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