"घोड़े बड़े जानवर हैं ।"

Translation:Horses are big animals.

July 24, 2018

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This sentence is translated to be a general statement: horses are big animals.

I have seen a few comments indicating that होता (hota) is used as a general term, ie. चुहे काले होते हैं - Rats are black.

Why doesn't this sentence translate to "the horses are big animals" since होवे is not included in this sentence?


I think चूहे काले हैं । can mean both 'Rats are black' (generic) and 'the rats are black' (specific), although I am not very good at using होता (hota) yet... I queried this answer before, because, like you, I think this translation is inconsistent with the one before.


I asked a Hindi speaker who said hota was better


Aaah, an eye-opener. So this is how Hindi makes do without definite articles?


Agreed, the rules on this are not clear, since in English "The horse" can mean a particular individual horse or it could mean the Horse as in the species. Imagine if any other noun was used: "The teapot is black" obviously wouldnt require a 'hote' so why would "The horse is an animal"? Quite a bit is being inferred by the translator and without context how can we know what is correct in the case of general vs. specific?


Hathi Bade hote hain uska answer


Why use animals use of animal


Like others, I do not understand why "The horses are big" is not acceptable. 'Hota' is not used. It is therefore possible that this refers to a specific group of horses. No?


I think it's a duolingo inconsistency


In this sentence, the first two words contain ड़, which is supposed to be "ḍ". In previous words such as लड़का , it does sound like a D to me. However, in घोड़े and बड़े it sounds clearly like a "R" to me: "ghoRe baRe" rather than "ghoDe baDe". Is this because of some systematic change? Is it just for a select few words, and this sentence just happens to contain two exceptions? Is the pronunciation in the audio wrong? Do tell, if you're in the know. Note that as of now, I'm most probably not capable of properly distinguishing between the various "versions" of "D": ड, ढ, द and ध, but I'm pretty sure none of them is supposed to sound like "R" to me.


Addendum. As the first sentence in the next lesson I started, I got "पक्षी उड़ता है ।". There, उड़ता also makes ड़ sound like R. I am getting more and more convinced that there is some funny business with this letter: perhaps its pronunciation is a wildcard, randomly changing hue between ḍ/r, and there is no better way than to just treating it as an anomaly and learning it word by word rather than as a letter that plays nice, with a pronunciation that follows rules.


This letter is a celebral R, which souds like a celebral D, really. They sound the same. And you pronounce it with a tip of your tongue raised high (above the "rim" of the roof of your mouth)

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It's the dot under the letter that makes all the difference. With the dot, ड़ is pronounced ṛ - as in लड़का - but without the dot, ड is pronounced ḍ - as in अंडा


नहीं हाथी बड़ा जानवर हैं


Horse are big animals


No. घोड़े is plural, as seen from the verb are.
So it has to be translated as Horses.
Horse is singular: घोड़ा.


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