Esperanto for isn't it, nicht war, n'est pas

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Esperanto for isn't it, nicht war, n'est pas

Postby DaftNotStupid » 2011-07-27, 17:33

Is there a single Esperanto word for isn't it, can't we, don't they etc, like you have nicht war in German and n'est pas in French?

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Re: Esperanto for isn't it, nicht war, n'est pas

Postby linguoboy » 2011-07-27, 17:59

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Re: Esperanto for isn't it, nicht war, n'est pas

Postby Milya0 » 2011-07-27, 18:07

···aah, linguoboy was faster···

If you mean the phrase used in such sentences:
· It rains, doesn't it?
· He is a nice boy, isn't he?
· We can play together, can't we?
Esperantists use just the negated question particle ĉu ne.

It is mostly a calque of Polish czyż nie.

I wonder what is Esperanta equivalent of non-negated is it/can we. Ĉu? Ĉu jes?
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Re: Esperanto for isn't it, nicht war, n'est pas

Postby loqu » 2011-07-27, 18:12

in German it's nicht wahr.
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Re: Esperanto for isn't it, nicht war, n'est pas

Postby DaftNotStupid » 2011-07-27, 18:40

@linguoboy et al My, this is a responsive forum. Thanks guys.

@Milya0 Yes, that was exactly the sense I meant. Your examples were just waht I had in mind. Nice to know that it is a negated question particle.

@loqu You're dead right. I know it looked wrong but I was a a hurry.

I've been thinking for some time that we have an equivalent in English, though it not usually looked at very seriously. I'm talking about innit, usually used by the younger generation. Any thoughts on that?

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Re: Esperanto for isn't it, nicht war, n'est pas

Postby linguoboy » 2011-07-27, 20:30

DaftNotStupid wrote:I've been thinking for some time that we have an equivalent in English, though it not usually looked at very seriously. I'm talking about innit, usually used by the younger generation. Any thoughts on that?

Not really used in the USA.

And the more general term for this class of expressions is question tags. They can be positive as well as negative, y'know?
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