"The books are there."

Translation:किताबें वहाँ हैं।

August 24, 2018

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

वहाँ किताबें हैं। Wrong?


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

That would be "There are books there."


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

वहाँ किताबें हैं। seems to be a correct translation


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

Because in Hindi you always start the sentence with what is already known. So the answer to the question "Where are the books?" must start with the books in Hindi. If the question was "what is there?" the answer starts with There, so then it could be वहाँ किताबें हैं बहुत. That would translate to There are books there.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.AGxR0h

I also wrote that too it showed Wrong


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

For the translation given for "which books are there" the वहाँ comes first. Here putting वहाँ first is marked wrong. Can someone explain the grammar behind this?


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

It's usually the definite (known, specific or previously mentioned) stuff that comes first. In "The books are there", "the book" is definite, so it comes first in the translation. Whereas in "Which books are there?", "there" is the definite component of the sentence, and hence it comes first when translated.

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