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"Akku on loppu; onko sinulla laturia?"

Translation:The battery is dead; do you have a charger?

July 29, 2020

11 Comments


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

The battery is not dead, it is just empty and needs a recharge. A dead battery is tossed.


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

An empty battery could be a battery that literally has nothing inside of it. A dead battery is one that has no charge left.


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

We disagree here, Kristian!


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

I just looked into this some more, and apparently there is no difference between a "dead battery" and an "empty battery", but "dead battery" is significantly more commonly used among native speakers of English. There is also a third option, which is "flat battery" but that seems to be more or less exclusive to UK English. Edit: and Englishes in some of Britain's former colonies, it seems.


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

Empty battery should certainly be accepted -- reported on 18 August 2020.


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

Not just the UK but elsewhere in the Commonwealth too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinBatch1

I am definitely learning more about American English from this. I had no idea "flat battery" wouldn't be accepted. Reported.


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

Hi Kristian, I like your -flat battery- compromise! (Also used in Australia.) But to me a dead battery is generally past its use-by date.


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

As a native speaker of American English, I can confirm that we would say dead battery over empty battery almost always. "Flat" works, but would generally only refer to a larger battery such as that in your car...and even that is rare in the US.


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

'empty battery' should be accepted. Reported (17/03/2021)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simon486678

The finnish refers specifically to an "akku", which is a rechargeable battery. It is a bad mistale to try to recharge a single-use battery - they tend to catch fire.

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