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"'utbe' 'oH."

Translation:It is not necessary.

September 23, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RichardOrt706446

"It is unnecessary" is not accepted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Qov-jIH-je

It might be argued that unnecessary should be translated 'utHa', but given the options I see already accepted, and the fact that I can't think of a context in which the two are not interchangeable, I think that would be an unnecessary distinction. Added.

Thanks for the report.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTrimb3

The dictionary definition of unnecessary is not necessary, so thinking of 'utHa' as unnecessary and 'utbe' as not necessary is, perhaps, too-rigid translation. Un- doesn't always equal -Ha'.

'utHa' may mean something more like moving away from being necessary. Not only is it not necessary, being necessary is antithetical. I can't imagine a context in which that would be used, but it's possible.

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