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"Saya berpikir bahwa dia perempuan."

Translation:I thought that she was a woman.

August 20, 2018



The random selection of tense in these translations is problematic, without some kind of time marker it is impossible to say whether this is current or past. 'I think that she is a woman' should be acceptable. Also perempuan can be translated as girl so 'i think that she is a girl' should be accepted too.


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'Dia' can mean 'he' and it can also mean 'she'. So, 'I thought that he was a woman' makes more sense as the translation for the sentence.


... and I was right?

... but she was a girl?

... but she was a being of unfathomable power?

I'm not sure I understand the implications of the English translation ("I thought that she was a woman.")


... and I was right? ... but she was a girl? ... but she was a being of unfathomable power?

Yes, there are even more possibilities.
I won't mention the one that I was thinking about.
I could get banned for that


Or simply that I saw a person in the past and thought in the past that she was a woman. Nothing happened to confirm or disprove my suspicions, but since I'm telling a story about the past, I have to use the past tense anyway. xD


Sounds like an excuse offered to the police after a drunken night out that didn't go quite as planned.


Is "bahwa" the same as "yang"? Can we use "yang" here?


No, 'bahwa' and 'yang' are not the same.
'yang' cannot be used here.


Would you please explain a little bit their difference? Duolingo only says both means "that".


'bahwa' is used to introduce a clause.
The clause that follows 'bahwa' usually functions as the object [O] or complement [Pel] of the sentence.
-1) 'Saya [S] berpikir [P] (bahwa) dia perempuan [Pel].'

'bahwa' is optional in this sentence.

You can also omit 'bahwa' and rephrase the clause like a "quote":
-2) 'Saya berpikir: "Dia perempuan" '

'bahwa' can also be used as a modifier, like this:
-3) 'Berita itu [S] mengherankan [P] kami [O].'
-4) 'Berita bahwa orang itu bukan perempuan [S] mengherankan [P] kami [O].'
'The news that that person is not a woman surprised us.'

In a structure like in sentence 4), the bahwa clause is part of the subject.
The clause modifies the head noun of the subject ('berita').
It gives extra info about the head noun ('the news').
'bahwa' is mandatory in sentence 4).
In a sentence like this, you can only omit 'bahwa' if you also omit the clause.
What remains is sentence 3).

In all the examples above, 'yang' cannot be used to replace 'bahwa'.
'yang' can also be used as a head noun, as a modifier, or to introduce a clause.
'yang' functions differently, examples:

-5) 'Saya berpikir bahwa dia perempuan yang suka balapan kuda.'
'I thought that she was a woman that likes horse racing.'
'yang' clause is modifying 'perempuan'.

-6) 'Yang mengherankan kami adalah berita tentang perempuan itu.'
'What surprised us was the news about that woman.'
'yang' is the head noun and the subject.

-7) 'Berita yang mengherankan kami adalah berita tentang perempuan itu.'
'The news that surprised us was the news about that woman.'
'yang' modifies the head noun 'berita'.

These are some uses of 'bahwa' and 'yang'.
'yang' can be used in other ways as well.
I think it's one of the most frequently used words in Indonesian.


Thank you! It is very helpful!


Excellent explanation here. Linguists background? :)


I am confused about yang and bahwa also. What situation is proper to use those words?


I thought you were a female! (Ice Age anyone?)


ternyata ......


"I thought that he/she was female" is also a correct translation.


Told ya it's a trap


The word used for this in Indonesian pejoratively is 'waria', combining the words for man and woman ('pria', 'wanita'). Most people that opt for a medical transition (which I'm undergoing as well), refer to transgender just like in English.


I can think of a lot of pictures I can comment on using using sentence. :-D



Probably better not to post those pics here



I wonder what could be the context for this.

May be "Saya pikir itu seorang perempuan" = "I thought that it was a woman" would be a better examples. This could be a situation where you mistakely thought you heard a woman's voice when in reality it was a man speaking.

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