"Mereka punya garam."

Translation:They have salt.

December 31, 2018

1 Comment


https://www.duolingo.com/Sundoro1

I'm not sure about the way "punya" is being used in the lessons for the word "have". My understanding is that "punya" indicates ownership or possession.

Whilst the literal translation of "have" also indicates possession, the English phrases being used are not situations where this literal translation applies. Instead they seem to be situations where "have" has the more colloquial meaning of "use".

Thus, the expression "they have salt" would not normally be used to indicate that the people being spoken of own salt, but rather that they currently have the use of it.

Thus I think that the way "punya" and "have" are being directly correlated needs to be re-examined.

December 31, 2018
Learn Indonesian in just 5 minutes a day. For free.