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traduki al lingvo / traduki en lingvon

En la Fundamento oni nur trovas traduki en lingvon. Oni tiam uzis traduki al por klarigi, kiu ricevis la tradukon. Tamen, ekde 1990 pli malpli, en Tekstaro oni trovas pli kaj pli ofte la strukturon ...
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Ĉu diferenco ekzistas inter firmo kaj firmao?

Ĉu estas okazo, en kiu unu estas pli bona uzi ol la alia aŭ ĉu ĝi estas nur via elekto? Is there occasion when one is better to use than the other or is it just your choice?
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Esperi, ke kaj u-verboj

Ŝajnas al mi, ke plejofte homoj uzas la u-modon por ĉi tiaj frazoj: Mi volas, ke ni iru Mi petas, ke vi helpu min Kaj mi ŝatas ĉi tiun uzon. Tamen, mi konfuziĝas pri kiam oni devas uzas la u-modon. ...
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Can pro be followed by an infinitive verb?

For example: Dankon pro helpi min I know that it is grammatically incorrect to say “Dankon pro vi helpis min”, because a complete fraze cannot follow a preposition. You would need to say “Dankon pro ...
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Is it encouraged to use an invented root word if I don't like the sound of an existing root word?

Newbie here. I really don't like the translation of the word "horse" into Esperanto: ĉevalo. Is it encouraged to use your own root word if you think people will understand you? I love the ...
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Kiam oni uzu "pensi" kaj "kredi"?

Kun ĉi tiaj frazoj, kiam oni uzu "pensi" kaj "kredi"? Mi pensas, ke ĉio estas preta por la festo aŭ Mi kredas, ke ĉio estas preta por la festo Mi pensas, ke mi volas iri aŭ ...
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Kio estas la diferenco inter -int kaj -it?

Mi ne komprenas la diferencon inter -int kaj -it, precize instalinta kaj instalita. Mi nun tradukas aplikaĵon en Esperanton sed la traduko de "Installed" estas malfacila por mi kompreni.
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Ĉu "ŝia edzino", aŭ "sia edzino?

Duolingo tradukas "Sophia and her wife" al "Sofia kaj ŝia edzino". Kial oni devas ne uzi "sia" en tiu ĉi frazo, anstataŭ la pronomo "ŝia"?
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"Jen" and "tie ĉi estas"

I understand that "jen" means "behold" or "here is" and I see it used often. But is it ever proper to use "tie ĉi estas", and what's the difference between the two? When should I use "jen" and when ...
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How I say way home in esperanto?

How I say way home in esperanto? I find hejmenvojo in google translate but I don't know if this is correct. If exist more than a way to say this expression the meaning is diferrent?
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Usage of oni + si in one sentence

How it will be right to use this combination? I mean some phrase like Se mia foresto ne ŝanĝas ion en onia vivo, tiam mia ĉeesto en sia vivo ne gravas. How can I note that (sia) vivo in the second ...
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How important is it to learn all of the esperanto synonyms?

Is it necessary to learn all of the synonyms in Esperanto, like plaĝo/strando, or razeno/gazono/herbotapiŝo? sablohorloĝo/klepsidro is another one. Is there a list somewhere of which is the most ...
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"Trink-" versus "drink-"

I am mildly confused about this pair of roots. I learned about trink- first in words like trinki, trinkaĵo, trinkigi etc. Later I found drinkejo used for a pub, so my conclusion was that the latter ...
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Expressing multiples of something

The best way to illustrate the question is by example. I now have {twice}/{double}/{two times the} the work to do, in half the time! Of course, I do not want to limit it to this example, but it is ...
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How do you format the time in Esperanto?

What are the ways and the most common ways to format times in Esperanto? Is it like on a digital clock like 23:10, or more like 23h10 (in French), or 23h10m or other things?
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How do you say the color orange in Esperanto?

I'm confused about oranĝkolora vs oranĝa for many reasons. oranĝkolora explicitly means orange colored but is a mouthful compared to oranĝa. The color-kolora pattern doesn't explicitly appear again ...
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How to translate the pro- prefix from English?

In English you can say pro-whatever to say that you are in favour of something, such as pro-independence. I sometimes see people use the same prefix in Esperanto such as in mi estas pro-eŭropa. This ...
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Representing the present perfect continuous

Given that the simple present tense in Esperanto can represent the present perfect progressive, given context (e.g. a simple "faras" in "mi ĝin faras ekde iam antaŭe" can mean "I have been doing it ...
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Appropriateness of neologisms

A neologism, by definition, is probably not going to be as readily recognized or understood by a common speaker. However, they are (for the most part) created for a reason, and thus could see some use....
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To bump into something

What is the usual pattern for expressing bumping into something? From what I can tell, to walk into something is "promeni en ion", to fly into something is "flugi en ion", and so on. What about "to ...
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Should I use "teamo" or "skipo"?

If I want to speak about the team of a project, should I use teamo or skipo? I know that teamo is originally for a group with the same objective in a sport, while skipo is for every kind of group of ...
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"Datumbazo" or "Datenbazo" - which one should I use?

When I was looking for how to say relational database in Esperanto - rilata datumbazo I came across the alternative datenbazo. What's the difference and what speaks for the use of datumbazo in favor ...
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"It does not take me long to do it well"

Suppose I would like to say "It does not take me long to do it well". Which of the following are correct, and what differences in nuances might each of them have? "Ne necesas ke mi longe fari ĝin ...
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Difference between "tial" vs "do"

What is the difference between "tial" and "do"? What difference in meaning do the following two sentences have, if any? For example, in translating "My question is thus whether it is valid or not"... ...
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How do you say "blah blah blah" in Esperanto?

As usual, I was mentally translating everyday, common things the other day for practice and wanted to say blah blah blah, but I wasn't sure if there was an already established way of saying this in ...
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How would you name a "mechanical pencil" in Esperanto?

These are named "mechanical pencils" in English, but some other languages use the term "lead holder" (eg. French : portemine). What word in esperanto would be the most understood?
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Words with double letters claimed to be used by Zamenhof but not found in Tekstaro in his texts

So there are two words that PIV claims they were used by Zamenhof: nett/ (for net in "net weight") and ghett/ (ghetto), which doesn't sound like an Esperanto word at all due to the gh beginning. ...
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How would one say "gracious" with grac- instead of graci-?

If one is gracious by showing social grace, they're gracia. But if one dispenses or exhibits grace, compassion and forgiveness regardless of the recipient's merit, would they be graca, gracema, ...
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Ĉu la vorto “motorfiakro” ekzistas?

Laŭ ĉi tiu kritiko de Esperanto, ekzistas la vorto motorfiakro kiu havas la saman signifon kiel taksio kaj tio kaŭzas multe da konfuzo ĉar homoj lernas aŭ unu vorton aŭ la alian kaj tio kreas ...
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Kiom traduki "unit [of measurement]" (de "Maßeinheit")?

The English noun "unit" has several meanings, one of them (meaning No. 2 on Wiktionary) being the category of "meter", "inch", "volt", "ounces", "milliliters" etc. unit (plural units) (...
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What is the difference between "flari" and "odori"?

Both words seem to be defined as 'to smell'.
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What is the correct word for "Future"?

For example, I've come across two different words, 'futuro' and 'estonteco'. According to several dictionaries 'futuro' relates to the future tense, whereas 'estonteco' refers to a future time. How ...
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When to use an adverb/adjective

Sometimes I get confused on when I should be using an adverb or an adjective. What's a good rule set? For example, one can respond to a question with "bona" or "bone" - but when do I use which?
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In the English language or about the English language?

Ĝi estas angla filmo. Does this mean that the language of the movie is English (understood by English speakers), or does this mean that the film is about the English language (the film may be in any ...
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"Pli malgranda" aŭ "malpli granda"?

Mi volas diri "smaller". Ĉu estas ajna alieco en signifo inter "pli malgranda" kaj "malpli granda"? Ĉu ili estas ĝuste samaj? I want to say "smaller". Is there any difference in meaning between "pli ...
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Is "jam ne" correct? ("Mi jam ne spektas televidon")

Someone told me "jam ne" in "Mi jam ne spektas televidon" is incorrect and should be replaced by "ne plu". Is this true? And if it is true, is the meaning the same?
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Ekkrio pro malpureco aŭ naŭziĝo

Kion vi ekkrius/dirus, kiam vi trovus subite kaj neatendante ion aparte malpuran, naŭzan, malbonodoran, ktp? Mi ne povis trovi bonan esprimon por tio. Mi nur trovis en mia nederlanda-Esperanto-...
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What's the difference between multe and ofte?

When should an Esperanto speaker say ofte, and when multe? A definition of ofte is 'often', a definition of multe is 'a lot'. When does an Esperanto speaker use which? An example, what would be used ...
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What is the difference between "ĝis" and "al?"

I understand that ĝis means "up to", or "as far as", and al means "to", but when must one change between the two? Take Duolingo's example: Mi vojaĝas tra Germanio ĝis Pollando. Why would one use ...
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How often is "esperanto" used in Esperanto?

L. L. Zamenhof used "doktoro esperanto" as a pseudonym, where esperanto meaning "one who hopes," the present nominal participle of esperi, meaning "to hope" This eventually lead to "Esperanto" being ...
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When to use "ĉu" instead of "se"?

I became aware that I don't know if he is friendly should not be translated into Mi ne scias se* li estas amika but into Mi ne scias ĉu li estas amika But why? Se means "if", so why it is ...
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How would you say “I should not have taught you that”?

How would you say I should not have taught you that? Which of the following sentences is correct? Mi ne devus instruinta tiun al vi. Mi ne estus devinta instrui tiun al vi.
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About "ĉu" and "se" in clauses [duplicate]

Which one is correct? If both, what's the difference? Mi ne scias se ŝi ŝatas min. Mi ne scias ĉu ŝi ŝatas min. Mi legis ambaŭ tamen ĉu estas nuancoj?
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Adverb or adjective for tio

Marko: Mi volas roli kiel soldato. Polo: Tio estas bona / bone Since tio is an -O word then should it be bona? Or, since the word tio is referring to a verb (roli), should it be bone?
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"ties de", "la de" aŭ "tiu(j)(n) de"

Kiu el la jenaj frazoj estas ĝusta/malĝusta kaj kial? 1) Oni konas bestojn kaj ties danĝerojn, sed neniam ties de malsaĝulo. 2) Oni konas bestojn kaj ties danĝerojn, sed neniam la de malsaĝulo. 3) ...
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Correct word form

Which of the following is correct and why? La ĉokolada kuko estas bongusta. La ĉokolado kuko estas bongusto. Also, which is correct in the following: La kafo estas bongusto. La kafo estas bongusta. ...
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What sounds do animals make in Esperanto?

The sounds the animals make are conventionalised in many languages. In German, dogs say "wau-wau", cats "miau", cows "muh", and donkeys "i-ah". Are there conventionalised animal sounds for Esperanto? ...
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Ĉu oni diras "alta kvalito" aŭ "bona kvalito"?

Estas iel idiomaĵo mi supozas, kaj mi imagas ke varias inter lingvoj. Ĉu oni diras "alta" aŭ "bona" pri kvalitoj esperantlingve?
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What’s the deal with “fariĝi”?

In a lot of places I see the word fariĝi when, from context, it seems that the speaker/writer just meant iĝi (to become). For example: «Mi studas por (far)iĝi kuracisto.» Why is the radical far- used ...
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What is the difference between "gajni" and "venki"?

What is the difference between "gajni" and "venki"? Does it have anything to do with objects? I have a feeling there is a clear difference, but I think I mix them up and use them incorrectly a lot.