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"Ĉu ni povas iri al mia hejmo?"

Translation:Can we go to my home?

June 14, 2015



Now that is a useful phrase!

January 5, 2016


Čar miaj gepatroj ne estas hejme

June 16, 2017


"We can go to my house?" was not accepted. As a beginner, I would like to verify that is a correct translation before reporting?

September 7, 2015


Yes-no questions in English usually start with a verb, either a form of "do" or the main verb.

So "Can we go to my house?" would be a question - but not a translation of this sentence, since "hejmo" (home) is not "domo" (house).

Your sentence is more of a suggestion, and I wouldn't expect a "yes" or "no" answer to it ("OK" would be more likely, i.e. "I accept your proposal"). In Esperanto, I wouldn't render it with a "ĉu" sentence (which makes yes-no questions) but with something like "Ni povas iri al mia domo?" - i.e. a regular statement, as in English, but with question intonation.

September 7, 2015


But you wouldn't say "let's go to my home" in English. If they don't live there, you say "let's go to my house." What you say to your mother or your roommates or spouse is "I'm bringing someone home." If you're out of the house (not 'home"!) with a group of friends and say "let's go home" or "let's all go home" you generally mean to your respective houses -- you're not suggesting they all come home with you. To invite them home with you, you'd say "let's go to my house" or "you all come to my house." Does Esperanto not make this distinction?

July 20, 2018


Oh, why not al mian hejmon? It is a direction!

August 4, 2015


-n is added after prepositions only for the small set of prepositions that can indicate either a position or a motion.

"al" always indicates motion/direction and so it never takes -n.

Similarly with "ĝis" (up to) and "laŭ" (in its spatial meaning "along") which also always indicate motion and never take -n.

August 4, 2015


Mi pardonpetas sed vi ne estas mia tipo. Ne zorgu, ne es vi, es mi.

October 24, 2018


I said "shall we go to my home?" and it was wrong. Why?

February 19, 2017


Because povi means "to be able to"

December 12, 2017


Because povi means "to be able to"

December 12, 2017


I made a mistake in my typing and "How about we go to my home?" shows up as the correct solution. Surely that isn't anywhere near being correct? Also, apart from English being ridiculously ambiguous and confusing people, how come Esperanto mixes up expressions of ability with requests and wishes?

At least if this course is anything to go by, it just seems to mimic the inconsistencies of English in what are accepted translations of povi, which I thought was supposed to only mean "can" in the sense "be able to"

August 23, 2018
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