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"Vi devas subskribi vian leteron."

Translation:You have to sign your letter.

June 8, 2015

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[deactivated user]

    So how do you say "subscribe"?


    [deactivated user]

      Dankon pro via rapida respondo!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flertrok

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


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Venko

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


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alzarin

      Bezonas = need Devas = should, have to


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RomajiAmulo

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


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zerozeroone

      Sub = under, below, beneath


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jackmchugh12

      i.e. subskribi literally means 'to underwrite'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Owen5076

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


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vytah

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

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


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FredCapp

      Considering that Zamenhof was Polish…


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

      And spoke German.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.’


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EYF2003

      that was impossible to hear EYF


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FredCapp

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


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasMc17

      For a second, i thought it was referencing sign language

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