They save many people's lives

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They save many people's lives

Postby h34 » 2018-05-31, 15:13

I think it could be interesting to compare how this sentence can be constructed in different languages.

Possible context: The members of this organization deserve respect. After all, they save many people's lives each year.

s = singular
p = plural


(en) They (pNOMINATIVE) save many people's (pGENITIVE) lives (p).
(de) Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten das Leben (sACCUSATIVE) vieler Menschen (pGENITIVE). / Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten vielen Menschen (pDATIVE) das Leben (sACCUSATIVE).

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Re: They save many people's lives

Postby MarkusP » 2018-05-31, 18:31

Possible context: The members of this organization deserve respect. After all, they save many people's lives each year.

s = singular
p = plural


(en) They (pNOMINATIVE) save many people's (pGENITIVE) lives (p).
(sv) De (pNOMINATIVE) räddar många människors (pGENITIVE) liv (p).
Dé (pNOMINATIVE) reder mang menshers (pGENITIVE) liiv (p).
(de) Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten das Leben (sACCUSATIVE) vieler Menschen (pGENITIVE). / Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten vielen Menschen (pDATIVE) das Leben (sACCUSATIVE).[/quote]
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Re: They save many people's lives

Postby Linguaphile » 2018-06-01, 0:39

Spanish, Estonian, Võro.

Possible context: The members of this organization deserve respect. After all, they save many people's lives each year.

s = singular
p = plural


(en) They (pNOMINATIVE) save many people's (pGENITIVE) lives (p).
(sv) De (pNOMINATIVE) räddar många människors (pGENITIVE) liv (p).
Dé (pNOMINATIVE) reder mang menshers (pGENITIVE) liiv (p).
(de) Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten das Leben (sACCUSATIVE) vieler Menschen (pGENITIVE). / Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten vielen Menschen (pDATIVE) das Leben (sACCUSATIVE).

(es) Ellos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan las vidas (p) de muchas personas (p) / mucha gente (s)

(et) Nad (pNOMINATIVE) päästavad paljude (pGENITIVE) inimeste (pGENITIVE) elusid (pPARTITIVE).
(vro) Nimäq (pNOMINATIVE) pästäväq hulga (sGENITIVE) inimiisi (pGENITIVE) ellõ (pPARTITIVE).

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Re: They save many people's lives

Postby Homine.Sardu » 2018-06-01, 8:08

Added Sardinian

Possible context: The members of this organization deserve respect. After all, they save many people's lives each year.

s = singular
p = plural


(en) They (pNOMINATIVE) save many people's (pGENITIVE) lives (p).
(sv) De (pNOMINATIVE) räddar många människors (pGENITIVE) liv (p).
Dé (pNOMINATIVE) reder mang menshers (pGENITIVE) liiv (p).
(de) Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten das Leben (sACCUSATIVE) vieler Menschen (pGENITIVE). / Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten vielen Menschen (pDATIVE) das Leben (sACCUSATIVE).

(es) Ellos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan las vidas (p) de muchas personas (p) / mucha gente (s)
(sc) Issos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan sas vidas (p) de persones medas (p) / zente meda (s)

(et) Nad (pNOMINATIVE) päästavad paljude (pGENITIVE) inimeste (pGENITIVE) elusid (pPARTITIVE).
(vro) Nimäq (pNOMINATIVE) pästäväq hulga (sGENITIVE) inimiisi (pGENITIVE) ellõ (pPARTITIVE).[/quote]

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Re: They save many people's lives

Postby JackFrost » 2018-06-02, 0:45

+French

Possible context: The members of this organization deserve respect. After all, they save many people's lives each year.

s = singular
p = plural


(en) They (pNOMINATIVE) save many people's (pGENITIVE) lives (p).
(sv) De (pNOMINATIVE) räddar många människors (pGENITIVE) liv (p).
Dé (pNOMINATIVE) reder mang menshers (pGENITIVE) liiv (p).
(de) Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten das Leben (sACCUSATIVE) vieler Menschen (pGENITIVE). / Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten vielen Menschen (pDATIVE) das Leben (sACCUSATIVE).

(fr) Ils (pNOMINATIVE) sauvent les vies (p) de beaucoup de personnes (p) / beaucoup de gens (p).
(es) Ellos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan las vidas (p) de muchas personas (p) / mucha gente (s)
(sc) Issos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan sas vidas (p) de persones medas (p) / zente meda (s)

(et) Nad (pNOMINATIVE) päästavad paljude (pGENITIVE) inimeste (pGENITIVE) elusid (pPARTITIVE).
(vro) Nimäq (pNOMINATIVE) pästäväq hulga (sGENITIVE) inimiisi (pGENITIVE) ellõ (pPARTITIVE).
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Re: They save many people's lives

Postby Naava » 2018-06-02, 20:33

+Finnish, Southern Ostrobothnian. FYI: if you used plural accusative of 'life' here, it'd mean each person has more than one life. :D

Possible context: The members of this organization deserve respect. After all, they save many people's lives each year.

s = singular
p = plural


(en) They (pNOMINATIVE) save many people's (pGENITIVE) lives (p).
(sv) De (pNOMINATIVE) räddar många människors (pGENITIVE) liv (p).
Dé (pNOMINATIVE) reder mang menshers (pGENITIVE) liiv (p).
(de) Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten das Leben (sACCUSATIVE) vieler Menschen (pGENITIVE). / Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten vielen Menschen (pDATIVE) das Leben (sACCUSATIVE).

(fr) Ils (pNOMINATIVE) sauvent les vies (p) de beaucoup de personnes (p) / beaucoup de gens (p).
(es) Ellos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan las vidas (p) de muchas personas (p) / mucha gente (s)
(sc) Issos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan sas vidas (p) de persones medas (p) / zente meda (s)

(et) Nad (pNOMINATIVE) päästavad paljude (pGENITIVE) inimeste (pGENITIVE) elusid (pPARTITIVE).
(fi) He (pNOMINATIVE) pelastavat monen (sGENITIVE) ihmisen (sGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). / He (pNOMINATIVE) pelastavat monien (pGENITIVE) ihmisten (pGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE).
(fi) Ne (pNOMINATIVE) pelastaavat monen (sGENITIVE) ihimisen (sGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). / Ne (pNOMINATIVE) pelastaavat monien (pGENITIVE) ihimisten (pGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). [Southern Ostrobothnian]
(vro) Nimäq (pNOMINATIVE) pästäväq hulga (sGENITIVE) inimiisi (pGENITIVE) ellõ (pPARTITIVE).

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Re: They save many people's lives

Postby h34 » 2018-06-03, 5:14

Naava wrote:+Finnish, Southern Ostrobothnian. FYI: if you used plural accusative of 'life' here, it'd mean each person has more than one life. :D

Kiitos! :D It's the same in German (and in Russian, as far as I know)

+ru

Possible context: The members of this organization deserve respect. After all, they save many people's lives each year.

s = singular
p = plural


(en) They (pNOMINATIVE) save many people's (pGENITIVE) lives (p).
(sv) De (pNOMINATIVE) räddar många människors (pGENITIVE) liv (p).
Dé (pNOMINATIVE) reder mang menshers (pGENITIVE) liiv (p).
(de) Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten das Leben (sACCUSATIVE) vieler Menschen (pGENITIVE). / Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten vielen Menschen (pDATIVE) das Leben (sACCUSATIVE).

(ru) Они (pNOMINATIVE) спасают жизнь (sACCUSATIVE) многих людей (pGENITIVE). / Они (pNOMINATIVE) спасают многим людям (pDATIVE) жизнь (sACCUSATIVE). / Они (pNOMINATIVE) спасают жизнь (sACCUSATIVE) многим людям (pDATIVE). :?:

(fr) Ils (pNOMINATIVE) sauvent les vies (p) de beaucoup de personnes (p) / beaucoup de gens (p).
(es) Ellos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan las vidas (p) de muchas personas (p) / mucha gente (s)
(sc) Issos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan sas vidas (p) de persones medas (p) / zente meda (s)

(et) Nad (pNOMINATIVE) päästavad paljude (pGENITIVE) inimeste (pGENITIVE) elusid (pPARTITIVE).
(fi) He (pNOMINATIVE) pelastavat monen (sGENITIVE) ihmisen (sGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). / He (pNOMINATIVE) pelastavat monien (pGENITIVE) ihmisten (pGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE).
(fi) Ne (pNOMINATIVE) pelastaavat monen (sGENITIVE) ihimisen (sGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). / Ne (pNOMINATIVE) pelastaavat monien (pGENITIVE) ihimisten (pGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). [Southern Ostrobothnian]
(vro) Nimäq (pNOMINATIVE) pästäväq hulga (sGENITIVE) inimiisi (pGENITIVE) ellõ (pPARTITIVE).

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Re: They save many people's lives

Postby Multiturquoise » 2019-03-25, 19:06

+ro

Possible context: The members of this organization deserve respect. After all, they save many people's lives each year.

s = singular
p = plural


(en) They (pNOMINATIVE) save many people's (pGENITIVE) lives (p).
(sv) De (pNOMINATIVE) räddar många människors (pGENITIVE) liv (p).
Dé (pNOMINATIVE) reder mang menshers (pGENITIVE) liiv (p).
(de) Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten das Leben (sACCUSATIVE) vieler Menschen (pGENITIVE). / Sie (pNOMINATIVE) retten vielen Menschen (pDATIVE) das Leben (sACCUSATIVE).

(ru) Они (pNOMINATIVE) спасают жизнь (sACCUSATIVE) многих людей (pGENITIVE). / Они (pNOMINATIVE) спасают многим людям (pDATIVE) жизнь (sACCUSATIVE). / Они (pNOMINATIVE) спасают жизнь (sACCUSATIVE) многим людям (pDATIVE). :?:

(fr) Ils (pNOMINATIVE) sauvent les vies (p) de beaucoup de personnes (p) / beaucoup de gens (p).
(es) Ellos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan las vidas (p) de muchas personas (p) / mucha gente (s)
(ro) Ei (pNOMINATIVE) salvează viețile (p) multor (pGENITIVE) oameni.
(sc) Issos (pNOMINATIVE) salvan sas vidas (p) de persones medas (p) / zente meda (s)

(et) Nad (pNOMINATIVE) päästavad paljude (pGENITIVE) inimeste (pGENITIVE) elusid (pPARTITIVE).
(fi) He (pNOMINATIVE) pelastavat monen (sGENITIVE) ihmisen (sGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). / He (pNOMINATIVE) pelastavat monien (pGENITIVE) ihmisten (pGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE).
(fi) Ne (pNOMINATIVE) pelastaavat monen (sGENITIVE) ihimisen (sGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). / Ne (pNOMINATIVE) pelastaavat monien (pGENITIVE) ihimisten (pGENITIVE) hengen (sACCUSATIVE). [Southern Ostrobothnian]
(vro) Nimäq (pNOMINATIVE) pästäväq hulga (sGENITIVE) inimiisi (pGENITIVE) ellõ (pPARTITIVE).
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