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"He translated the whole book in three months!"

Translation:Li tradukis la tutan libron en tri monatoj!

July 14, 2015

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

Kiom da paĝoj ĝi havis?


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

Is there a reason why "three months" would not take the accusative in this sentence, as can be the case with duration of time?


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

A rule laid out by Zamenhof himself about prepositions governing the nominative. Any clause that follows a preposition (such as en, sur, ktp) is in the object (nominative) form, unless there is a further use of direction involved.
For example: La kato kuras sub la tablo, the preposition sub governs the nominative, hence la tablo." But if we want there to be a stronger sense of direction we might say the same sentence with sub la tablon which would mean that the cat was elsewhere and ran under the table.
I cannot think of a way to adequately translate en tri monatojn since that would indicate that the book had, somehow, physically entered into three months.
I do hope that this helps.


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

It does, thank you! :)


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

Would "dum tri monatoj" work here?


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

That would mean "during three months". If he got tired of doing that and never finished, that would be appropriate. Using "en" implies that the work is achieved.

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