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forum vs forumul | definite article

Discussion in 'Română (Romanian)' started by Radrook, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Radrook Senior Member

    English American/Spanish Caribean
    What's the difference between "forum" and "forumul" ?
  2. irinet

    irinet Senior Member

    First, welcome to our forum!
    Secondly, you will always find nice persons in the forum you have just posted your dillema.
    As you can see, 'forum' in my welcoming you is with 0 article, while in the second example, it is modified by the definite article 'the' - in Romanian this article is added/pasted to the noun, like '-l' ( pointing to male / neutral gender) or '-a'(female gender). Take for instance 'the house' - casa (female gender, articulated); house - casă(female gender, 0 article).
    - 'the chimney' - hornul (sg., neutral, articulated); 'chimney - horn' (0 article)
    - 'the boy' - băiatul (sg.,male, articulated); 'boy - băiat' (male, 0 article)

    "Băiatul creștea văzând cu ochii."
    ("The boy was growing ...")
    "L-am văzut pe băiat ieri." - 0 article;
    ("I saw the boy yesterday".) - definite article

    When nouns are in the plural, there is worse! Joking!
    '-le' (female, neutral), '-i' (male)!

    I would like to add that in English the definite article has nothing to do with Gender while this article is a kind of gender carrier in my language; in point of the function it has, I believe they behave similarly in both English and Romanian. Other people in this forum may think differently, however this is my opinion only. I said 'a kind of' because we cannot distinguish between male-neutral in the singular nor female-neutral in the plural forms of the noun at first sight when referring to gender.

    Hope, my explanation will work for you!
    And my apologies for not writing in bold or italics but I really don't know how to do it from my phone.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  3. Radrook Senior Member

    English American/Spanish Caribean
    Thanks! That does explain the difference very well.

    Trenul=the train

    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  4. irinet

    irinet Senior Member

    That' s perfect.
  5. farscape mod-errare humanum est

    Ottawa, Canada

    Please check out the Romanian language resources listed in the forum's sticky: they will help you a lot, especially the book on grammar :)

  6. Radrook Senior Member

    English American/Spanish Caribean
    Thanks for the help.
    The links are very helpful as well.

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