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In doing the Duo. Esperanto Home topic, I came across this sentence about a knife being a tool for cutting. I used tranĉa and was corrected in that it should be tranĉi, which I "thought" was the verb meaning 'to cut'. So am I to assume that "tranĉi" means to cut as well as cutting.? The sentence being...a knife is a tool for cutting.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the question is not of general interest, but is a question specific to the asker, and therefore better addressed on the Duolingo Esperanto board (where the question was also asked and answered) or on the FB group Duolingo Esperanto Learners. – Tomaso Alexander Dec 23 '17 at 21:17
  • I brought this question to this fourm because I felt I did not get the answer I was looking for. Wether it is of general intrest is a matter of opinion that could be applied to almost any question. So, as a beginner, I should not ask a question because it might not be of intrest.?? – lapenso Dec 24 '17 at 18:52
  • I know there are people who disagree with me here, but when this site was launched, it was explained that it was needed as a way to track common and difficult questions about Esperanto. The difference between tranĉi and tranĉa strikes me as a perfect example of the kind of question which should be answered in a basic Esperanto course. If you didn't get the answer you were looking for, I would encourage you to request a clarification and explain what was not clear. I doubt your question will receive more close votes, but IMHO, yes, I think this question is specific to you. – Tomaso Alexander Dec 24 '17 at 22:08
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You can indeed use "cutting" as an adjective, for example saying something has a "cutting edge" (or is "cutting edge").

However, in the sentence you gave, I believe it is a gerund. You can hear it as something similar to "a knife is a tool (for) to cut". In that case, in Esperanto it becomes an (infinitive) verb, and so it would be "Tranĉilo estas ilo por tranĉi."

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Trenton, I saw your question on the Duolingo board and answered it there yesterday.

The confusion here is over English.

  • tranĉa malvarmo - a cutting cold(ness)
  • ilo por tranĉi - a tool for cutting.

Verbs vs adjectives.

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