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Is malaĉa = bona or malaĉa = malbonega

von Demian, 7. August 2012

Beiträge: 9

Sprache: English

Demian (Profil anzeigen) 7. August 2012 02:47:52

It just occurred to me if I were to encounter a word like, say "malaĉa", how should I read it? Is it the opposite of "aĉa" and therefore "bona" or is it "malbonega" (because of "mal" + "aĉ" )?

Michaelmoore (Profil anzeigen) 7. August 2012 03:16:30

Demian:It just occurred to me if I were to encounter a word like, say "malaĉa", how should I read it? Is it the opposite of "aĉa" and therefore "bona" or is it "malbonega" (because of "mal" + "aĉ" )?
"Malaĉa" would mean "bona." "Mal-" by itself carries no negative connotations -- it merely signifies the opposite. Note that "male" doesn't mean "poorly" or "badly" but rather "on the contrary." If you're looking for a different word for "malbonega," you could use "aĉega", or possible "mavaĉa" or "mavega."

darkweasel (Profil anzeigen) 7. August 2012 09:30:01

Michaelmoore:"mavaĉa" or "mavega."
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erinja (Profil anzeigen) 7. August 2012 10:49:54

If someone said "mavaĉa" or "mavega" to me, I'd suppose that they have a speech impediment. I wouldn't understand it.

sudanglo (Profil anzeigen) 7. August 2012 11:15:37

Mala isn't a quality, or mali an action or malo a thing, about which you might express disapproval

Therefore any analysis along the lines applicable to ruĝaĉa, pluvaĉo, faraĉi k.s. is inappropriate.

Exception: perhaps if editing a dictionary of antonyms, you might want to remove the mal-aĉoj the unsatisfactory maloj.

kvarelcentenorvega (Profil anzeigen) 18. August 2020 00:42:47

``malaĉa`` estas malfia vorto

Edveno (Profil anzeigen) 5. Oktober 2020 06:42:22

Malaĉa can only be read as the opposite of aĉa.

sergejm (Profil anzeigen) 5. Oktober 2020 18:10:48

Rusaj infanoj ŝatas kuiri kaĉon malaĉan - kaĉo el sablo.

Altebrilas (Profil anzeigen) 16. Oktober 2020 10:14:49

If an esperantist calls you "malkreteno" will you feel it as a compliment or as an insult?

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