Suffixes / Postpositions, Adverbs of Manner, Hogy?


English equivalent is: How?

ATTENTION! How? corresponds with the Hungarian word only if you express mode, condition, NEVER PROPERTY OR QUALITY. Of course, there are exceptions:

How was your day? – Milyen napod volt?

If the question word How? requires a specific quality as an answer, one says: Milyen?

But now we’re interested in Hogy? Examples:

Hogy vagy? – How are you?
Hogy jöttél ide? – How did you come here?
Hogy megy a munka? – How is your work going?

There’s a longer version of this word: Hogyan? No difference between the two forms, but the short version is more in use.

The answers to the question could be: jól – fine; gyalog – on foot; lassan – slowly. These words are adverbs of manner. The possibilities to form them are quite a few! Besides, there are adverbs of manner representing this part of the speech by themselves (gyalog). Standard English adverbs of manner are formed from adjectives with the ending –ly: happily, mainly, and so on…

Hungarian equivalents are:
-lag, -leg
-ul, -ül
-an, -en

Next time we’ll see their use.

2 comments on “Suffixes / Postpositions, Adverbs of Manner, Hogy?

  1. Jana says:

    38) specific quality as answer, –> specific quality as an answer,


    • hunlang says:

      Ok. I copied and saved your corrections in a doc file. Now I’ll have to fight my way through them. I’ll take a look at each, but it will take a little more time than usually. 🙂


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