igen, az

Discussion in 'Magyar (Hungarian)' started by elemika, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. elemika Senior Member

    Szervusztok :),
    my first lessons of Hungarian :eek::

    - Ez London?
    - Igen, ez a város London.
    - Nady város?
    - Igen, az.

    How could I interpret this "az" here?

    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  2. francisgranada Senior Member

    Szia, Elemika :)

    Yes, it is.
    Sì, lo è

    The verb van (is, è) is not used in Hungarian in this case.

    Big is nagy, not nady :)
  3. Zsanna

    Zsanna ModErrata

    Hungarian - Hungary
    Just a little correction: the "az" is the entire "it is" (in the answer: "yes, it is"). (Not word by word but as its function. You'll find that the originally definite article, demonstrative - etc. -"az" is widely used in all sorts of different meanings and situations.)

    It refers back (both in English and in Hungarian) to the sentence (/here question): Is it a big town? (in an affirmative meaning and without having to repeat the whole sentence).

    The difference between English and Hungarian (in this case) is that in Hungarian the answer could also be our ("official" agreeing word) "Igen", or the more colloquial "Az" (which, alone like this, can express the speaker's humour, style as well) or the equally colloquial but perfectly adequate "Nagy" (in this case) alone!
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  4. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)
    I think the example sentence is rather difficult to explain the essence because of the missing verb.

    - Éhes vagy? (are you hungry)
    - Az vagyok. (here the verb "to be" is present)

    - Csinos vagyok? (am I beautiful)
    - Az vagy.
  5. elemika Senior Member

    Thank you, Francis, Zsanna and Encolpius!
    Now I've got it.

    @Francis: "nagy", my bad :).

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