Tomaso Alexander
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Are double consonants pronounced distinctively from single consonants in Esperanto?
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The answer to your question is right in your question. "All words are read as they are written." So yes, double consonants are supposed to be pronounced like two consonants. Sometimes this is not easy ...

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Why doesn't the infinitive take the -n suffix?
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I suppose the short answer is "tradition." Many western languages work this way - where a verb-expression can be like the object of the verb - so it's natural that Esperanto works the same way. Nouns, ...

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What is "upside down" and "inside out" in Esperanto?
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I have trouble with this too, not because of confusion over what part of speech to use, but because Esperanto seems to have a few words with similar meanings - and it seems to divide the semantic ...

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Does Esperanto use the Double Accusative?
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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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How would you say “I should not have taught you that”?
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There are a few ways in Esperanto to express the idea of "should." Often it is with a form of devi. The conditional -us ending is not a tense, but is rather a mode. It therefore does not express time....

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Word order & equivalent sentences
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Kiel vi fartas? is how you'll usually hear it, but the other word order is OK and means the same thing. Nedankinde is a polite thing to say when someone thanks you. Vi estas bonvena is a way to tell ...

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Does Esperanto have any rules about the transitivity of verbs?
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I am of the school that too much thought is put into the transitivity of verbs. The transitivity follows directly from what the words mean. You've got to learn whether the meaning allows a direct ...

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Kial estas "la la" en ĉi tiu frazo?
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Ĝi estas tajperaro. Mi kontrolis en du versioj de la libro kaj la teksto estas: la plej valoraj (malnova eldono) la plej seriozaj (nova eldono) Mi efektive partoprenis en la traduko de la nova ...

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Kiel oni tradukus «make a friend»?
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Tiu estas bona demado. Du personoj povas "fariĝi amikoj" sed ĉu oni povas "fari novan amikon." Oni povas fari la amikojn feliĉaj... Oni povas fari el malamiko amikon... Mi trovis la jenajn vortojn ...

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Usage of impersonal passive constructions in Esperanto
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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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What is the difference between temporal "en" and "dum"?
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Your two sentences mean different things. Dum implies duration. En suggests that something happened within the period. Mi dormis en la festotago. At some point you slept. Mi dormis dum la ...

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What is the object of "instrui"?
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You will see it both ways. In most cases, you use instrui with al: Mi instruos al li la francan. However, it is possible for the learner to be the direct object (examples from Fratoj Grimm and La ...

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What's the difference between "uzantnomo", "uzulnomo", and "salutnomo"?
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They all mean pretty much the same thing. It's a case of the Esperanto terms for this not stabilizing yet.

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Kial "-iĉ-" por viriĉoj en la iĉisma sistemo?
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It was formed by analogy from words like panjo and paĉjo. -njo -> -in- -ĉjo -> -iĉ- According to Vilborg, -in- is a germanic suffix, while -ĉjo and -njo are Russian. In Russian, the male suffix ...

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Kiel oni diras esperante "to harass"?
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Seksa molestado is what Benson (CEED) has listed. Note that, in accordance to PIV, the meaning of "molesti" is much closer to "to harass", and should not be misled by its similarity with the ...

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Do dictionaries that don't exist online reflect current usage?
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A language is not defined by beginners. Esperanto is an established language with a long tradition. Many of these dictionaries represent a very large amount of scholarly work by people with impressive ...

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Native for Esperanto "Reprezenti" verb?
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You're going to get tired of Esperanto real fast if you don't let go of this concern early. The language is chock full of words which can be misanalyzed (and others which can be broken down even ...

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Stepfather: vicpatro or duonpatro?
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To your list you can also add stifpatro, which you'll find in at least a few dictionaries, but is far less common than the other two. According to PIV: Vic- la pure nominalan parencecon inter la ...

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When should I use "tion, kion" or just "kion"?
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I've come upon a number of hard and fast answers to questions like this over the years and I think most of them are wrong. The sentences you give are essentially the same in meaning. If you think it's ...

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Ne forlasu rilatan KI-vorton
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Mi iom detale diskutis tiajn aferon kun Bertilo en majo. Pli precize, ni diskutis la frazon Kion vi pensas ke signifas "paradizas"? Kial estas "ke" en tiu frazo? Ĉu ĝi povas esti Kion, vi pensas, ...

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Are prepositions with "ke" valid? ("pri ke", "pro ke", "por ke", ...)
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This is a great question. It deserves a great answer. This is the best I can come up with on short notice. You're absolutely right that por ke is common and pro ke is basically unheard of. My advice: ...

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What is "to afford" in Esperanto?
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I discussed this very question with some very fluent Esperanto speakers in 2001. The answer we came up with (and what I generally have used ever since) is: Elteni la elspezon de Of course, context ...

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What's the word for "meme"
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Like it or not memeo is here to stay. So is "meme" in the limited modern sense of "internet picture quote". The meaning from the 70's is often a surprise to people these days.

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Ke vs. kiu: which one to use?
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This is how I look at it. ke joins two grammatically complete expressions, usually complete sentences, but it can include prepositional phrases, as in the first example. Por konvinki tiun sinjoron, ...

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noun + that was (not) + verb: -is or -iĝis?
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Mi manĝis la pomon ke ne laviĝis. The first thing that jumps out is that the word in the middle needs to be kiu. Ke is a conjunction that is used to join complete sentences. If you're translating "...

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What is laŭŝajne in Esperanto?
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I'm not going to answer this because "we all know what that one means." Bonvolu alsendi la pordiston. Laŭŝajne estas rano en mia bideo. -- Ok, more seriously - it means "according to appearance." ...

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Do Esperanto lexemes have base types or are there neutral roots?
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You'll see people argue this back and forth, but there is no question that that roots have a basic quality. Some people treat this as some mystical or mysterious thing - and perhaps that is a source ...

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Short and concise way of saying "Don't we all."
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"Don't we all" can be used in a few different situations, and I would render these differently in Esperanto. "Yes, that's obvious" I think Esperanto is wonderful // Yes, don't we all! Mi kredas ke ...

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Ĉu oni povas kunigi vortojn per aliaj kategoriaj finaĵoj, ol "-o"?
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Pri via fina demando - ĉu oni ĉiam povas uzi "-e-", kaj "-a-" (aŭ "-i-" aŭ "-u-" ) kiel kunigilo - mi respondas ke ne. Oni povas fari tion nur kiam la senco de la vorteroj permesas. "Pagipova" estas ...

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Car and driving vocabulary
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Not quite exactly the same, a similar question has been asked here: Which word should I use for "to drive (a car)"? Individual vocabulary items should be easily findable in any good ...

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