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"Mia kuracisto volas ke mi nek fumu nek drinku."

Translation:My doctor wants me to neither smoke nor drink.

June 7, 2015



For anyone wondering:

Trinki - To drink (regularly)

Drinki - To drink (specifically alcohol)


"Trinki" just means "to drink". Not quite sure what you mean by the addition of "regularly". "Drinki" means "to drink (alcohol) to excess". You wouldn't use it for sipping a glass of wine, but you might for finishing off the entire bottle and staggering down the road afterwards.


I think he means "regularly" in the sense of "in a normal/general way".


Kiel vi diras "buzzkill"?


Why is "My doctor wants me to not smoke nor drink." wrong?


That seems to me a reasonable translation. The team can't foresee every possible variant people might come up with. You could report it.


Your reply makes sense. My version was not accepted: My doctor wants me not to smoke or drink liquor. I reported it.


Drinkas does not mean "to drink liquor."


You're right - while it might be a possible translation, that would depend very much on the context. A better translation would be "drink to excess".


Of course, speaking of context - by the time it gets to the point where your doctor says something, the advice is usually not touch the stuff at all.


I think that "nor" is generally used with "neither", although other dialects of English may differ from mine.


I'm wondering why it is fumu and drinku, rather than fumas and drinkas.


The doctor is saying what she wants you to do. She's saying "Nek fumu, nek drinku". Reported speech in Esperanto keeps the same verb ending as what was said originally, so for instance "He said he was going to Paris" is "Li diris, ke li iros al Parizo", because what he actually said was "Mi iros al Parizo". After words expressing a wish or an order you use the imperative in this kind of sentence.


Thanks! I would not have guessed that language technicality. You explanation was very clear.

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