"اَلْسّاحِل في لُبْنان مُهِمّ."
Translation:The coast in Lebanon is important.
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Would "the coast of Lebanon" also be acceptable? If not, could anyone help me understand why?
True, "in" is a direct translation, but I don't think it is a correct translation. مرحبا بكم فى مصر can be translated as "Welcome in Egypt", but English speakers would say "Welcome to Egypt". In the same way, an English speaker would not say the coast is "in" a country, but would say the coast "of" a country. I do think فى is the correct Arabic word, but I disagree with Duo's translation in this case.
Yes, but, come to think of it, a coast is not IN a country, it's on the very edge, innit? Hahaha.
I think "the coast of Lebanon" might be a better translation, but I don't know if there would be a different Arabic phrase for that (/saaHilu allubnaani/ maybe?), which is why they don't want it here…?
Defining the proper name Lubnaan twice using al is too much. ساحل لبنان is enough, it is even a Wikipedia entry.
If you want the possessive, you have to omit the first article. You can't say 'the coast'. You need to say 'coast Lebanon'. Which translates to 'the coast of Lebanon'. - If I'm understanding this point correctly.
In English we just don't say "the coast in a country" it is ALWAYS "the coast of a country"
in english one would say 'the coast of Lebanon' to say 'in' here sounds very wrong
What the heck is up with this course. This is the first thing that we learned in geography? How about north south east and west!? Priorities, man.
Yeah, so important that the government decided to keep explosive materials at the risk of of it's own populace.
its own populace. Apostrophe-s only applies to nouns, not pronouns. "it's" is short for "it is".
@Arif this is an excellent question. If the meaning of the Arabic can be "In Lebanon, the coast is important" or with the same meaning "(The coast is important) in Lebanon". (The meaning is that too the people or government in Lebanon, the coast is important) That could clarify the discussion above. Can the Arabic only mean "(The coast in/of Lebanon) is important"? If so then in is not the best English translation.
Oh no! I got marked wrong (rightly) for writing Lenabon instead of Lebanon. If ever there was a typo... The importance of checking what you've written!!! I hope I take that to heart. But when you know the answer, you don't think you need to check it...