"Vi devas subskribi vian leteron."

Translation:You have to sign your letter.

June 8, 2015

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Kelirya

So how do you say "subscribe"?

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/johmue

aboni

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kelirya

Dankon pro via rapida respondo!

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Flertrok

Can somebody explain the difference between "bezonas" en "devas"?

July 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Venko

I always think of devas as "must" instead if need. It makes the difference a bit easier.

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alzarin

Bezonas = need Devas = should, have to

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

Aŭ, esti pli specifika, Bezoni: (stand in) need (of), be short of, require, suffer from lack of, want; Be under an obligation to.

Devi: Have the duty of doing, to have to, incumbent, obligatory

Sed, ŝajnas, ke nuntempa strat-Esperanto ŝanĝis ilin iomete.

August 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RomajiAmulo

"subskribi" -> "sub"=??? and "skribi"=write

July 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/zerozeroone

Sub = under, below, beneath

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

i.e. subskribi literally means 'to underwrite'

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Owen5076

To write under... well you do sign letters by writing under them.

June 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vytah

It's a calque from Polish or a similar language:

sub – pod – under
skribi – pisać – to write
subskribi – podpisać – to sign

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

Considering that Zamenhof was Polish…

March 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

And spoke German.

January 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

And German: unterschreiben.

In fact, this is what Google gives for the etymology of the English word "subscribe": late Middle English (in the sense ‘sign at the bottom of a document’): from Latin subscribere, from sub- ‘under’ + scribere ‘write.’

January 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EYF2003

that was impossible to hear EYF

March 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

I just listened, with music playing, and understood it perfectly.

March 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/NicholasMc17

For a second, i thought it was referencing sign language

December 18, 2017
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