"Ŝranko estas meblo, kvazaŭ granda kesto kun pordo aŭ pordoj."

Translation:A cabinet is a piece of furniture, like a big box with a door or doors.

July 9, 2015

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Judging by wiktionary's entry on kvazaŭ, this doesn't seem like accurate usage. Could someone more experienced than myself weigh in?


You can think of this as a condensed version of "Ŝranko estas [tia] meblo, kvazaŭ [ĝi estus] granda kesto kun pordo aŭ pordoj" (A cabinet is [that kind of] furniture, as if [it were] a big chest with a door or doors). As a conjunction, kvazaŭ is, indeed, roughly equivalent to "as if" in English. But, when I was still learning how to use it, I always found it helpful to know that it's also used as a prefix, which is nearly identical to quasi-.


"As if" and "like" mean the same thing, it's just that sometimes you can only use "as if" if you're trying to sound poetic.

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

Even though that sentence is a bit different from this one, I think it illustrates the similarity in meaning.

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    Could I not say "big chest" instead of "big box"?


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    As of Sep 21, it looks like chest is working as that was the first word I had thought of.


    Would substituting kiel for kvazaŭ work here, and if so, are there any subtle differences between the two?


    "meblo": obviously comes from the french word "meuble".

    Very frustrating to have to type for "meblo" such a thing as "a piece of furniture" when there is in your first language a short word that looks exactly the same :D


    The help text here for ŝranko doesn't mention wardrobe, but in other places it does.

    I would not think of a big box with a door as a cupboard, a cupboard should have shelves to hold cups and other kitchen stuff.

    Then there's built-in cabinets and cupboards, so they aren't exactly like a box.

    It's fun sometimes to think of or use a thesaurus to find related words like closet, wardrobe, cupboard, cabinet, etc. and see how translations are similar or differ.

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