"The water is not red."

Translation:La akvo ne estas ruĝa.

May 29, 2015



can't it be "la akvo estas ne ruĝa?"

May 29, 2015


Although word order is much less significant in Esperanto than English, you still need to place negation before the verb you're negating.

So it has to be ne estas in this case. If you just want to say that The water is non-red, you can get creative and use malruĝa!

May 29, 2015


i did it the way memyself asked and I got it right. Is the answer key wrong or did you make a mistake?

June 26, 2015


Probably my mistake.

June 26, 2015


So, out of curiousity, can "ne estas" contract to "n'estas"?

Only reason being is that the pause in-between "ne" and "estas" feels weird in my mouth to stop a sound just to start it back up.

June 1, 2015


I'm guilty of contracting this way. I also often just say "Sa!" rather than "Saluton!" just out of laziness. XD

I've also said: Mi'stas=Mi estas Ci'stas=Ci estas, and so on and so forth....

June 18, 2015


Can it also be 'la akvo rugxa ne estas' I really like the format of having verbs at the ending of sentences (mostly because It helps me with learning other languages that have this format) or is there a more regulated rule about this?

June 8, 2015


Even if theorically the order is totally free, you must avoid possible misunderstandings. In your example most of people would understand "The red water is not (here/present)."

August 14, 2015


Is "L'akvo..." etc. unacceptable in Esperanto?

July 21, 2015


I'd imagine it might sound that way in speech, or you could do it to get one less syllable in poetry, but it's nonstandard and I might be wrong even about the poetry use.

November 10, 2015


Shouldn't "La akvon ne rugxas" be accepted?

January 29, 2017


I worte rugXan instead of rugXa, and I was wrong. What is the correct time to use -n?

August 9, 2015


The verb "estas" is unusual because it sets one thing equal to another; the subject and the object are the same. Nothing is acted on, so it doesn't take the accusative.

November 10, 2015


It's not unusual actually, it's just an intransitive verb, so, like all intransitive verbs (to go, to fall, etc...), it can't have an object, so there's no use for "-n"

June 9, 2017


I came here ask the same question. Shouldn't it be rugan?

October 19, 2015


It is wrong. -n is used for the object of a transitive predicate, so you don't use it with "be".

June 9, 2017


Why wouldnt it be 'La akvo ne estas ruĝan'?

November 11, 2015


Because you aren't supposed to use the accusative ending "-n" on words that come after the verb "estas."

Ŝi havas rozon floron. - She has a pink flower. (Note how the "-n" ending is used.) Ĝi ne estas rozo floro. - It is not a pink flower. (Note how the "-n" ending is NOT used.)

I hope this helps! :)

February 13, 2016


Mi ŝatas ĝin, kiam la ruĝa akvo elvanas.

January 30, 2017


can`t it be "la akvo ne rugxas"?

April 26, 2017


How I spelled red wrong in the past Rubas Raba Radas Rubys Raga Regas Rugas Rega

May 26, 2018
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