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

Hungarian word for "over"

When I first learned Hungarian, I learned that "over" was felett. In the Duolingo course, though, I must use fölött. I've always though the two words are interchangeable and believe that "felett" is perhaps more common in cities and fölött in rural areas. Am I right about this? In any case, shouldn't Duolingo also accept felett?

July 22, 2019

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mark1504

Surely fölött/felett better translated as "above" rather than "over" when refering to a relative position and certainly in the DL exercises "over" would not usually be a satisfactory translation. In English "over" is more likely to be used as part of a phrasal verb, such as "get over it", "overcooked", "bend over", "hangover", "overtime".

July 29, 2019

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

I agree. "Over" can be "fölött" sometimes, but "above" is usually a better translation.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi
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Yes, felett and fölött are both correct, and felett is more frequent.

I am not sure why did the team pick fölött as the main form here, back then. There is one advantage of this, maybe: showing the difference between fölé (to above him/her) and felé (in his/her direction).

In the Duolingo sentences, both versions are accepted.

July 22, 2019

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

I vote for "fölött" being more frequent. :) It just shows that both are quite widely used.

July 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi
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Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

July 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andreas305

"fölött" is the usual one you find in the dictionaries in analogy to the related "folé" and "fölül". But "felett" is correct as well.

July 22, 2019

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

Use whichever you can remember easier. ;) Both are understandable and used. Remember: Duolingo just provides the basics ad it's a mechanism which has it's limits, especially in more complicated languages like Hungarian. Happy learning

July 22, 2019
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