"Vatandaşların burada beklemeleri yasaktır."
Translation:It is forbidden that the citizens wait here.
Would "It is forbidden to wait here" be an acceptable translation?
Literally it means almost the same thing, since (in AE, anyway) "the citizens" would be redundant, & it would apply to anyone, citizen or not. But it would only make sense if this statement is actually used in that way in Turkish. Thoughts?
I have a different question about that. "it is forbidden to wait here", would that be "Burada beklemek yasaktır" ---- that is, if we aren't specifying that it's the citizens' waiting that's forbidden, then the plain infinitive would be correct?
I wrote "Waiting here is forbidden for citizens." Correction stated that I needed "the." Comments? Discerning definite nouns is one of the big projects with Tk. Say what you will about English, that's the one thing we make simple.
Citizens waiting here is forbidden was marked incorrect, the correct version being The citizen's waiting here is forbidden. We would never write this in English. For instance, we would write Parking cars here is forbidden, not The car's parking here is forbidden. These incongruencies are disappointing.
They're not the same at all. You're comparing apples and oranges.
You can't write "Cars' parking", because it's not the cars that do the action of parking. Humans do it. Cars are merely the object.
Meanwhile in Citizens' waiting, it's indeed Citizens themselves who wait. They're the real subject. After all we do say: Her waiting here is bothering me. So a possessive construction makes sense. You can say: Citizens' waiting here is not accepted.
Without the apostrophe the sentence suddenly becomes ungrammatical because citizens is a plural noun, so you would need a plural verb: citizens waiting here ARE not accepted. But, in this case, it sounds like citizens themselves aren't accepted, rather than their waiting here. (Notice the possessive.)
I understand the gerund, but the English options for translating this sentence were inadequate. I felt boxed into something that ultimately was judged wrong "It is forbidden here that citizens wait" vel sim. Doesn't reproduce the gerund in English obviously, but that's impossible with the choices...
This doesn't make sense in English not just because the grammar is extremely weird but because "waiting" would never be used in that sense by an English speaker; it implies that any other activity, including standing there without expecting anything to happen in the near future. I think loitering would be a better term.