Tomaso Alexander
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Are “la malplej juna” and “la plej maljuna” entirely interchangeable?
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No, they are not entirely interchangeable any more than a pair like the following are entirely interchangeable. He is the most pleasant one of the bunch. He is the least annoying one of the bunch. ...

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When to use "ĉu" instead of "se"?
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Simple rule of thumb - if you are able to substitute "whether" (I don't know whether he's friendly) then use "ĉu".

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Does Esperanto make people friendlier?
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I'm sure there are several factors at play - including confirmation bias, since there are some Royal Jerk Esperantists out there - but to the extent to which it's true that Esperantists are friendlier,...

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Is Esperanto a viable language to put in the "languages spoken" section of my resume?
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We discussed that question here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15562777 I said that if you put Esperanto on your resume, the response at an interview (if you get one) will certainly be "what the ...

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How do I say "black people" respectfully in Esperanto?
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There is a danger in importing sensitivities from our national cultures because in cases like this, sensitivity varies so much. I think nigrulo is fine - and if it's not fine, I would hope that people ...

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How good should one be to participate in Pasporta Servo?
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My wife and I did our first PS trip after we'd been learning a year. I recall I told our hosts that we were "beginners" and a few were surprised that we were actually able to speak Esperanto. (I ...

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Kion mi diru se mi fartas nek bone, nek malbone?
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Eblaj respondoj: Mezbone. Sufiĉe bone, mi supozas. Nek bone nek malbone. (Provu: nek nek) Bonete. Mi ankoraŭ vivas. Ne aparte malbone.

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Ebleco, eblo aŭ eblaĵo?
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Ni diskutis tiun demandon dum NASK ĉi-jare. Mi konvinkiĝis pro la klarigo de Bertilo Wennergren ke la ĝusta vorto plej ofte estas "eblo", dum multege da esperantistoj, pro nacilingva influo, tro uzas "...

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Do aspekti and ŝajni go with adjectives or adverbs?
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I dug into this question back in May of this year and this is what I found out. Verbs of sense perception (odori, gusti) take an adverb. La supo gustas bone. The verb aspekti can take either/or (...

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Which is correct: "Kiom da jaroj vi havas?" or "Kiom da jarojn vi havas?"
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Da is a preposition. You don't use an -n after a preposition unless the preposition shows a location and there is motion toward the location, which doesn't apply here. Kiom is actually an adverb and ...

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How to translate "what if" to Esperanto?
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It's as simple as you might think: Kio, se... Kaj kio, se... Kaj kio okazus, se... from Acts 23:9 Ni trovas nenian malbonon en ĉi tiu viro; kaj kio, se parolis al li spirito aŭ anĝelo?

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Are there prepositions that cannot be replaced by "je"?
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Je is not intended for occasions of doubt, but rather when a preposition is needed but none of the defined prepositions are suitable. In practice, je is used infrequently, and most often in set ...

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Why was "kaj" chosen?
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Notice that -i, -a, -e, and -u are all grammatical endings in Esperanto - and -et- is a suffix. Kaj (from Greek και) was chosen because it is not a verb ending, and is clearly pronounced, making a ...

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How to translate "day after day"?
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Mi skribas tagon post tago. It's not an adverb, it's an accusative of time.

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Which word should I use for "nickname"?
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Kromnomo - nickname Kaŝnomo - alias, pen name; a fake name to hide your real name Karesnomo - a familiar name (for friends only) So, if you're asking someone with a long or difficult name if you ...

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Are people misusing the ek- verbs?
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For better or worse, eklerni is a well-established expression. Personally, I've never had a problem with the logic of it. Ek- doesn't always imply suddenness - as with the examples you gave. One ...

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What is the Esperanto word for "intermediate"?
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You can say meznivelulo or progresanto. Progresanto is the common term. The literal meaning is "one who is progressing" - but it's understood to be an intermediate speaker. Meznivela is a pretty ...

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Do adjectives or adverbs describe "tio"?
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The -o correlatives are noun-like and although they don't take a plural, they are described by adjectives, not adverbs. Therefore, in every case that you listed, you would need an adjective. Tio ...

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"Trink-" versus "drink-"
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It looks like your source contains some errors. The distinction is fairly simple. trinki - to drink (something). drinki - to drink alcohol to excess. As a result, the right verb to use with a glass ...

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Which word should I use for "to drive (a car)"?
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To this list we can add ŝofori. I've been asking myself this same question for close to 20 years and I've come to the conclusion that there is no obvious best answer. Each one at times seems to not ...

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Kio estas la diferenco inter scivola kaj scivolema?
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Certe kelkaj personoj miksas la du signifojn, sed ĝenerale, scivola estas portempa afero. vi ja ne povas kaŝi, ke vi estas iom scivola. Kaj scivolema estas pli malpli konstanta trajto: Alico [estas]...

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Kion diri pri manĝaĵoj kiuj "malboniĝis"?
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Tio kompreneble dependas de la manĝaĵo. Plej ĝenerale, manĝaĵoj malfreŝiĝas. Pano sekiĝas, malfreŝiĝas, aŭ ŝimas. Viando putriĝas (fariĝas putra; putras). Fruktoj putriĝas (fariĝas putraj; putras)....

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What's the difference between "kvankam" and "tamen"?
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Kvankam is used to append information showing a cause or motive which doesn't have the usual result. mi vidas nenion, kvankam ĉio estas lumaZ; Tamen means simply "in spite of that". la knabo estis ...

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Comparative and superlative in Esperanto
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I explain it this way. The suffix -eg- is for making the next category of thing - bigger or more intense. So domego is not just a big house, but it's a mansion. Kuregi doesn't mean simply to run fast, ...

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How do you say QR code?
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After reviewing the answers and discussions at the three links listed below, I have come the conclusion that "QR code" is sufficiently international to be directly translated into Esperanto. QR-kodo ...

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How to make an adjective of "tie"?
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Adjectives are formed by adding an -a to the end. Correlatives are considered whole words (and not roots+ending), so no letters would be removed from tie. The result would be tiea - and it means just ...

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About "ĉu" and "se" in clauses
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They are both gramatically correct, but semantically, you'd never use the one with se. Mi ne scias ĉu ŝi ŝatas min. I don't know if/whether she likes me. But Mi ne scias se ŝi ŝatas min. In the ...

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How old is a "knabino"?
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The answer to your question is highly dependent on culture. Even within a single language and single country people disagree about when to stop calling a young female a "girl" and whether than happens ...

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When I assign sex to an animal, does it become li / ŝi?
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You can do it either way. From Fratoj Grimm “Refreŝigu vin. La bovino ne donados lakton, ŝi estas maljuna bruto, ŝi povas taŭgi nur kiel tirbesto aŭ en buĉejo.” From Malnova Testamento Kaj oni ...

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How do you say "play hard to get" in Esperanto?
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When I find myself in a situation where I question whether an expression translates literally, there are a few ways I proceed. Check the origin of the expression. Often times the phrase is from an ...

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