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Does Esperanto use the Double Accusative?

While you will frequently hear the double accusative in spontaneous speech, it is not good Esperanto and should be avoided, especially in writing if you have even a half second to think about what you'...
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Usage of impersonal passive constructions in Esperanto

Thinking back to my own school days, I seem to recall that the passive voice is considered bad style even in English. (See what I did there?) When you can avoid the passive in Esperanto, it is a good ...
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Does Esperanto use the Double Accusative?

I think instrui falls into the category of verbs that can have two or more objects with different meanings (the object can either be the thing receiving the teaching, or the subject of the teaching) ...
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Usage of impersonal passive constructions in Esperanto

One thing to note about the passive constructions is that English does some odd things with them that don't work in Esperanto, so be careful. Basically the rule in Esperanto is that the subject of "...
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Usage of impersonal passive constructions in Esperanto

I once took part in a discussion in the Londona Klubo run by John Wells where we were discussing a translation of an English text. The English version had a sentence which was in the passive voice and ...
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At which point an esperantist should read the Fundamenta Krestomatio?

I've been using Esperanto for almost two decades and I have a copy of the Fundamento on my bookshelf. I have never read the Fundamenta Krestomatio. I've seen excerpts from it in my searching through ...
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Usage of impersonal passive constructions in Esperanto

Formal scientific writing is often different and follows somewhat different rules than regular formal writing. In scientific writing generally the rule is to be 1) consistent with the literature 2) ...
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List(s) of common anglicisms, rusisms, and other -isms?

I have noticed at least following mistakes or bad habits English speakers do or have: use of ĝi as a formal subject: It rains → *Ĝi pluvas* overuse of participles in an effort to express continuous ...
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Does Esperanto use the Double Accusative?

A double accusative in general can be avoided in Esperanto by inserting an al. Not doing so would introduce an ambiguity for the verb's direct object, accusative, that normally does not exist - by ...
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Are there resources for colloquial Esperanto?

I would say it all depends on how colloquial you want/need to be. To me a key part of being colloquial is to avoid overly complex structures and keep the language simple. Keeping it simple is ...
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Ĉu ekzistas esperanta "Antibarbarus"?

Ekzistas la deklaracio pri La bona lingvo kaj la retejo, kiu havas ekz. listojn de simplaj samsignifaj vortoj.
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At which point an esperantist should read the Fundamenta Krestomatio?

The Fundamenta Krestomatio is still a model of excellent Esperanto. Few of the expressions in it are archaic. The content isn't modern but that's all. Any Esperanto learner who masters Esperanto to ...
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