"The color is beautiful."

Translation:La koloro estas bela.

July 12, 2015



Where is the verb "estas"?

July 26, 2015


Not needed. You can "verbify" adjectives. Instead of saying "li estas bela" you can say "li belas" You just need to add an s

May 17, 2016


Can you do "verbify" every adjective like this?

July 30, 2015


Yes, you can!

November 10, 2015


It really changes the meaning, though, in ways that are beyond what is covered in this course.

March 5, 2017


How so?

February 12, 2019


Shouldn't it be "la koloro estas bela"?

September 19, 2015


Yes - but the course accepts "belas" in place of "estas bela" - which causes confusion on the multiple choice answers.

March 5, 2017


I thought that esperanto was flexible with its word order, so why is "La belas koloro" wrong?

March 6, 2016


I think you supposed to at least say belas la koloro

March 14, 2016

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There is a limit to flexible word order. You don't interrupt a noun phrase with a verb.

Generally speaking, flexible word order means:

  1. Word order within a noun or verb phrase is flexible. You can say "la bela koloro" or "la koloro bela" and you can say "legas rapide" or "rapide legas". Although often there are exceptions, such as in Esperanto, any "la" must always come first in a noun phrase and any "ne" must always come first in a verb phrase.
  2. Top-level phrase order is flexible. If the default is SVO (subject verb object) you can re-arrange it as SOV, VSO, VOS, OSV, or OVS (if it makes sense to do so).

It does not mean the words can just scramble any which way. Phrases need to remain intact.

July 8, 2017


This one is strange and it seems it was checked before it was introduced.

July 31, 2015


Could somebody say where "estas" is? Is this a shortening? It turned into "La koloro belas."

March 8, 2016


As someone mentioned before, you can "verbify" adjectives by adding an "s" and dropping "estas". For example: La koloro estas bela" becomes "La koloro belas".

May 23, 2016

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On the surface, it looks like you're "adding an s", but really you're putting an entirely different suffix on the root.

The root that pertains to the general concept of beauty is bel-. Adding the -a suffix makes it an adjective "beautiful". Adding the -as suffix makes it a present-tense verb "is beautiful".

Although "estas bela" and "belas" are not perfectly interchangeable. "Estas bela" means exactly what it looks like, but "belas" is (to coin a phrase) the anti-habitual. It means something happens to be beautiful right now, but it is not usually so.

July 8, 2017


When do you use koloro instead of kolore?

April 5, 2016


Koloro is a noun, all nouns end in 'o'. As for kolore I think it would be an adverb, so something like "colorfully"

May 26, 2016


oh, great, thanks!

May 29, 2016


"La koloro belas" should mean (the color makes something beautiful).

August 6, 2017
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