"Ĉu vi ĉiam loĝis en tiu ĉi urbo?"

Translation:Did you always live in this city?

July 18, 2015

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I believe the translation: "Have you always lived in this city?" is the correct one, and not "Did you always live in this city?". The word "cxiam" (always) begs the present perfect and not the simple past. Am I correct? Please advise.


I think the same, suggest the answer and mention the point next time you encounter the sentence


It shows as correct now, so thanks for intervening!


ah, urbo, not arbo... just started wondering why would anyone live in a tree :D


Why? Why not! :-)

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it would have been more strange if you thought it said "urso"


Why is it 'tiu cxi' and not 'cxi tiu'?


No reason, they are interchangable; both are used and both mean the same thing.


Indeed, but whichever you prefer stick to within the same text or occasion of speech. At least to me, alterning in the middle of a story is annoying.


Occasionally there are good reasons for using one or the other: “Tie ĉi tiu afero ” could mean “There this thing …” or “Here that thing …”, wheras “Tie tiu ĉi …” and “Ĉi tie tiu …” are unambiguous. Given that we now cannot change the language to have the “ĉi” always placed in the same position, then we must be prepared to move it on occasion to avoid the ambiguity.


I love the word for city in Esperanto


For the record, English does have the word "urban" (always used as an adjective, urba in Esperanto) which means "of or pertaining to a city or cities". The original derivation is Latin, I believe.


I used "dwell" instead of "live" for translating this sentence but it was not accepted, yet in Tips and Notes we have been told that "dwell" is a valid translation of "loĝi".


Mild tongue twisting material. I like it.


Mi trafis je la unua.


Ah, hit by the different meanings between American and English again. In English cities are towns, but towns (even large towns) are not necessarily cities.


Yes, I have reported this city-fixation a couple of times, and now they accept town almost everywhere.

For the record I understand with "city" a population centre of at least a million inhabitants, urbego.

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