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Kiu estas la diferenco inter tohuvabohuo kaj ĥaoso?

Mi lernis ke tohuvabohuo estas Esperanto vorto. Kiu estas la diferenco inter tohuvabohuo kaj ĥaoso?
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Ĉu "ĉi" sen tabelvorto estas akceptata?

Mia instrulibro instruis al mi ke oni povas meti "ĉi" apud la tabelvortojn por montri proksimecon. Tamen mi fojfoje vidas tiun vorton solan sen tabelvorto. Ekzemple: Verŝajne neniu homo senkulpas ...
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What is the difference between "televido" and "televidilo"?

Both can be translated to English with Television. What is the meaning of both and how they differ?
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Should "ankaŭ" stand before or after the concerned object? ("Mi ankaŭ" or "Ankaŭ mi"?)

Imagine this discussion: "Kiel vi fartas?" "Bone" "Ankaŭ mi" / "Mi ankaŭ" Is there a difference between "Ankaŭ mi" and "Mi ankaŭ"? Where should I put "ankaŭ"?
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What is the difference between krom and krome?

Both words are grammatically adverbs. I see them quite often but still can not understand which one is more suitable to use. What exactly is the difference? Can you also create the usage example for ...
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Kiam oni rajtas uzi la vorton "ŝofori"?

Laŭ PIV ŝoforo. Profesia kondukisto de aŭto, kamiono ks. ŝofori. Labori kiel ŝoforo Laŭ Reta Vortaro ŝofori (tr) TRA Profesie kondukadi veturilon: oni devas atenti la vojon, kiam oni ŝoforas, ĉu ne?...
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What is the difference between "krom" and "escepte"?

I just read this sentence: ... estis nenio sur ĝi escepte de malgranda ora ŝlosilo ... It's obvious what "escepte de" means, but I previously learned the word "krom" for "except". So can the ...
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How do you say "vice versa" in Esperanto?

For example, I might say I'll ask you the questions and you respond; then we'll do it again vice versa, meaning that the second time around I would be the one responding to the questions. Would male ...
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How do I know when to use the preposition "je"?

The word "je" seems to be randomly used. It's meaning, I understand, is somewhat undefined, although it does seem that it can be used in place of the accusative in some cases. If you look it up in ...
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What is the real meaning of "terura"?

According to ReVo 1.TEZ Timegiga: terura akcidento; terura estas la stato de la aferojZ; tiuj kalumnioj donis terurajn fruktojnZ. 2. (figure) Tre forta: ŝi havis teruran malamon kontraŭ ...
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How does one say "It's all Greek to me" in Esperanto?

The idiom "It's all Greek to me" means that something is not understandable. Different languages have different variants of this. How would I express this in Esperanto?
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Are the words "volapuko" and "volapukisto" used as derogatory terms in Esperanto?

I have sometimes heard Esperanto speakers use volapukisto to express a lack of respect of someone that was in no way related to the constructed language Volapük. Is this a sometimes accepted usage of ...
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What is the difference between the verbs "verki" and "skribi"?

For example, I say "I am writing in my journal." Would I use verki or skribi? Are both acceptable? Other examples would be appreciated.
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Why does "devus" translate as "should?"

In Esperanto, we write devus whenever we translate "should," but it literally translates as would have to. Why is this, and are there any alternatives to devus?
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Use of the word 'kio' as the object of a non-question sentence

I have seen the usage of the word kio used as a question word "what" a lot of times: Kio estas tio? (what's this?) But lately I have seen this form: Kion vi manĝas? (what are you eating?) And ...
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Does Esperanto use also "hospitalo"?

Does hospitalo exist, or is malsanulejo the only word that Esperantists use?
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How common is the "-iĉ-" suffix to denote maleness?

I read a great article once about an apparent "controversy" in Esperanto - the fact that words are considered by default to be male, and the "-in-" suffix is added to make them female. It discusses ...
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What is the difference between -ita and -ata?

I've seen phrases translated using both forms and apparently meaning the exact same thing. For example, I have seen "I am busy" translated as both mi estas okupita and mi estas okupata. How do I ...
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How do I know when a verb is transitive?

With verbs without the -ig- or -iĝ- infix, how do I know they are transitive? For example, boli doesn't explicitly say it does not take an object, and you need to know its counterpart (boligi) in ...
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How common are custom words?

There are numerous words like sinteno, ĉielarko, etc which are stable collocations. What I like about esperanto is the apparent freedom of creating new words. For instance malaĉegulo could be ...
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Does Esperanto have contractions?

eg. in English we have lots of words like "I'm" (from "I am") and "can't" (from "can not"). It can seem a bit formal to always be typing out the full form of words. And while the possessive "'s" in ...
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"sola" vs "unuope"

I came across both of these words when studying on Duolingo. "Sola" was translated as "alone", and "unuope" was translated as "by myself", or literally "in a group of one", which seems to mean the ...
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What is the meaning of "korekta" and when to use it?

It is a common error to believe that "correct" in English translates to "korekta" in Esperanto. The correct word is "ĝusta" or "senerara". But if "korekta" does not mean "correct", what does it mean ...
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