"He knows neither me nor you."

Translation:Li konas nek min, nek vin.

May 29, 2015



What's the difference between konas and scias? I used scias here and it was wrong

May 29, 2015


You've done French and Spanish? It's kind of like savoir/connaître or saber/conocer. You "scii" a fact or how to do something, you "koni" a person or a place.

May 29, 2015


Thanks, I didn't remember those things from french or spanish, but I now realise we have the same thing in my native language, dutch: weten/kennen

May 29, 2015


Okay, bad examples then! Sorry, I was just going on the flags I could see by your name. Oh, Dutch has it too? Cool. Cognates with German wissen/kennen I guess? I'll try and remember that when I (eventually) get back to Dutch!

May 30, 2015


Scii is from the Latin sciere, "to know, have knowledge," while koni is from the German kennen (to know of someone/thing).

June 8, 2015


Please forgive my ignorance, but at what point does koni become scii? If one knows facts about a person or place, for example. When I say "he doesn't know me" I'm talking about specific truths that "he" isn't aware of. Like, if my response to someone buying me eggs, and let's say I'm allergic to eggs, would I say that the person doesn't know the specific fact (scii) that I'm allergic to eggs, or would I say that the person doesn't know me in the general sense (koni)?

June 1, 2015


You could say Li ne konas min. Li ne scias, ke mi havas alergion.

June 2, 2015


Those are exactly right. If someone doesn't know a fact about you, that's scii.

June 8, 2015


Are you f'n kidding me? I thought that there's one word to know. Luckly I had French and Spanish

June 5, 2017


Why can't this be translated to "Li ne konas nek min, nek vin"? Does it result in a double negative? If so, can it be translated to "Li ne konas min aŭ vin?" Why?

September 27, 2016


"li ne konas nek min,nek vin" would be a double negative and would actually mean that it is neither me nor you that he doesn't know, which then would mean that he knows both of us.
And it is also kontraŭfundamenta as rule 12 says that you cannot use NE in sentences with other negative words.

"li ne konas min aŭ vin" would mean that it is one of us that he doesn't know, which then would mean that he knows one of us.

And the intended meaning is that he knows none of us.

May 31, 2017


Would it be correct to say ‘Li ne konas min aŭ vin’?

June 27, 2016


In English at least, we do generally default to the "nor" rather than "or" if the first clause is negative. ("Not x nor y" rather than "not x or y".) With "neither" it surely necessitates a "nor", but perhaps someone with a better grasp of grammar rules could definitively say whether the same goes for "not...". ... And whether the same principles hold true in Esperanto!

June 16, 2018


If he knew neither me, you, or a third party, would it be "li konas nek min nek vin kek (ŝ/l)in"?

February 17, 2018
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