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"Air merupakan salah satu kebutuhan dasar semua orang."

Translation:Water is one of everyone's basic needs.

September 8, 2018



What is "salah" doing in that sentence. The translations given are "wrong, false and fault."


Hai teman! Here is a nominal phrase in Indonesian: "salah satu", meaning "one of". (perhaps it is not included between the dictionary suggestions, so please report the lack)


Also, the sentence uses the verb "merupakan" (the root is "rupa", shape, form), meaning "to take the form of", "to constitute", or "to be", so:

Air (Water) + merupakan (is, constitutes) + salah satu (one of) + kebutuhan (needs) + dasar (basic) + semua orang (all the people, everyone)

Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/merupakan

Selamat belajar! :)

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