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"La aligatoro vivas, ĉu ne?"

Translation:The alligator lives, doesn't it?

June 1, 2015



"...is alive..." did not work. Could that work?

[deactivated user]

    It works now. "The alligator lives, doesn't it?" sounds an unlikely and unnatural sentence.


    Yes, that should be accepted.


    Aligatoro kind of sounds like Japanese's "thank you" (arigato).


    He has killed himself therefore "...is alive..." doesn't work.


    We use "né" in Portuguese, Espanish and Japanese as a question tag. It's came from Portugal and I'ts a contraction of "não" (no) + "é" (is). We (brazilians) use it frequently.


    Why is "The alligator's alive, isn't it?" not correct?


    "En tiu filmo, la hundo vivas, ĉu ne??"


    "The alligator lives, doesn't it?" what?? Ok, I know this is not an English course, but this is strange. Alligator is either male or female, so it should be - "doesn't he" or "doesn't she". Just because Esperanto uses ĝi for animals, still it's a living being, right?


    In English we use 'it' for animals all the time, unless you have a personal connection with it, or know its gender. Not all living beings have a gender.

    [deactivated user]

      There are all sorts of living beings for which it sounds strange in English to use "he" or "she". Snakes, butterflies and fish, for example.


      In my native language nouns are: male (masculine), female or neuter; it doesn't matter are they - human, animals, things, plants... weather, seasons... But animals are always he or she, to call them "it" it would be very strange, you can call it only if you despise them, or something like that.


      Well... It's English. The people of today would not call random animals by gender unless they have a sentimental connection to it.


      Bull. Mama bear. Rooster.... these would be he/she often enough -- but yeah.


      Am I the only one wondering if this is part of an inside joke? (The whole aligatoro and krokodilo code words?)

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