"Estas tri personoj en la ĉambro."

Translation:There are three people in the room.

June 25, 2015

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What's the difference between homoj and personoj?


Attitude. Both mean people, but with differing connotations. Homo = Man (the species), human being, person. Persono = an individual person, legal entity, or character. Not necessarily human.


Data estas persono, li ne estas homo. (?)


Kio estas la mezuro de homo?


One place where it would be quite a clear difference is in sci-fi and fantasy, for example, where there are many characters who are "personoj" (people/persons) but not "homoj" by virtue of not being human.

"Vizio estas maŝino, ne homo. Afabla persono, sed artefarita"

"Kion celon havas Elfo, Homo, kaj Enano en la Rajdantmarko? Parolu rapide"

Here in the real world, in very many contexts "personoj" and "homoj" can be used interchangeably.

For example, Facebook in Esperanto opts for phrasing such as "42 homoj ŝatas ĉi tion".


homoj = humans / men in the general none-gendered sense

personoj = people / sentient beings

That's how I understand it anyway.


I supposed it, but un previous lessons I met such a sentence (or a sentence which is very similar to this one): "Tri homojn ludas" - it was translated like "three people plays". That's why I am confused...


Hum. Interesting. I think I've been getting them consistently right which might indicate that there is some sort of unspoken rule here that native English speakers understand instinctively, but that maybe doesn't occur in Russian. Was Tri personoj ludas actually marked as wrong? Or was it just an alternative transalation that it showed?


Russian is Russian, but I can distinguish "people/person" and "humans" in English. But I feel that there are some a bit different rules in Esperanto... No, it wasn't marked wrong, it was an alternative (preferred) answer. Why is "homoj" a true answer? We can't say "three humans play" in English, can we? Thanks for that you are helping me. Sorry for my English!


Good point re: Russian/English. Sorry.

Your certainly right, "three humans play" sounds very strange, though understandable. I'm a bit stuck to be honest. I suppose there are two options.


  1. The homoj/humans and personoj/people translations are not fully accurate - as you said.

  2. There's a slight problem with that Duolingo sentence - an inaccurate answer has got into the system somehow.

Honestly, I don't think I can help. I'm not experience enough to know which answer is right. Hopefully someone else can help.

Ĝis! :)


Atanalo, sorry, I didn't answer you at that moment! :D I missed your post, a month left...

But nevertheless, thank you a lot for your help! I can totally agree with your words...



"Three people are in the room" marked wrong. >:-(


At school I was taught that this was bad English. :-( Maybe, it has changed meanwhile.


It's still (kinda sorta) bad English, but it's very common in the US.

And, as you may well know, the difference between a language and a dialect is an army.


Is it really bad English, can you give some sources?


Hm, if we want to say that somebody/something is somewhere, we should use the phrase with "there is/are". Like German "es gibt" or French "il y a" or Russian "есть".

So, if you want to point to the location of the three people, you should use "there is/are". But although, according to FredCapp, the phrase without "there is" is used in US.


I consider it dialectical.


I can't say for sure about English, but this constriction is perfectly okay in French, even though less common. AFAIK there is no grammatical mistake in the English sentence either.


does Ĉambro come from Chamber?


The two words are related, but ĉambro actually comes from the French chambre, which is where the English word came from also.


Chambre is also derived from the Latin camera (a variation of camara) meaning a vaulted room. That is ultimately (at least per my dictionary) from the Greek Kamara meaning arched (ceiling). So it turns out that ĉambro and chamber are etymologically related to (the English word) camera. (fotilo)

Sometimes this stuff is really fun.


The answer would be yes, according to Google Translate.


There are three people in the chamber.


The English word "chamber" carries the sense of "a really large room" (probably sparsely furnished, most likely easily guarded). The Esperanto for that would be Ĉambrego. Or, possibly, Halo, depending.

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