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He drinks your milk. (hu → en)

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He drinks your milk. (hu → en)

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He drinks your milk.

hu: Megissza a tejed.

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LICA98
Finland

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how come both tejed and tejedet work here... is the accusative optional when there's a possessive?

MagyarJános
Hungary

Re: He drinks your milk. (hu → en)

Post by MagyarJános »

LICA98 wrote: Sat Aug 06, 2022 7:27 pm

how come both tejed and tejedet work here... is the accusative optional when there's a possessive?

I'd like to know this, too.
I would definitely have said: Megissza a tejedet.

jzsuzsi

Re: He drinks your milk. (hu → en)

Post by jzsuzsi »

Optional here.
I recommend reading the Tips and Notes for the last skill in the Hungarian course.

I copy it here:

Here, you will meet possessed direct objects, objects with both a possessive and an accusative suffix. The form is that the noun is followed by the possessive marker and by the accusative marker - in that order:

• ház → ház-am → ház-am-at ‘my house (obj.)’

The accusative is fairly regular, too. Recall that for a word like alma ‘apple’, adding the accusative lengthens the final vowel:

• alma → almá-t ‘apple (obj.)’

The same happens with possessive forms ending in -a:

• ház-a ‘his/her/its house’ → ház-á-t ‘his/her/its house (obj.)’

Note that possessed direct objects (nearly) always require the definite verb form, and they often appear with a definite determiner or possessor .

Finally, if the possessor is in the first or second person singular, the accusative can sometimes be omitted:

• Add a kezed! ‘Give me your hand!’

Here, it is fairly common to just use kezed instead of kezedet. But if the possessor is in the third person this is never possible.

https://duome.eu/tips/en/hu#Possession-Object

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