struggling with relative clause

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Katleen
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struggling with relative clause

Postby Katleen » 2015-01-02, 11:23

Hi,

Just a quick question... I still struggle with complex relative clauses in Indonesian, though they're usually simpler than in English :lol:

How would you translate:
'I read your letter in which you told me you and your boyfriend broke up'

'Saya membaca surat mana kamu cerita kamu dan pacar berpisah' :?:
Native:  (nl) Fluent:  (fr)  (en)Intermediate:  (it)  (id)
Beginner:  (de)  (ja)


Corrections are welcome.

esjeruk
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Re: struggling with relative clause

Postby esjeruk » 2015-02-03, 22:19

Hi Katleen,
it can be translated:
saya membaca suratmu dimana kamu bercerita(bahwa) kamu dan pacarmu berpisah (putus).

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Re: struggling with relative clause

Postby Katleen » 2015-02-04, 13:23

Hi Esjeruk,

Thanks very much for your reply. Meanwhile I had also asked an Indonesian friend of mine (since it took quite some time to get a reply here :whistle: :D ) and she said, besides your suggestion, one could also say

'Saya membaca suratmu yang mana kamu bercerita (...)'

I keep having difficulties with relative clauses. I've got quite a thick Indonesian grammar reference, but it has far too few examples about this. I thought about another such sentence the other day:

'the company I work for' => normally you could say 'perusahaan tempat saya bekerja', but I work as a free-lance translator for them at home, so I don't literally go there. Any suggestions? I don't think I can make a construction like 'untuk mana'?
Native:  (nl) Fluent:  (fr)  (en)Intermediate:  (it)  (id)
Beginner:  (de)  (ja)


Corrections are welcome.


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