Tag Questions And Wondering If


TAG QUESTION, I WONDER

TAG QUESTION:
You’ll come, won’t you?
You’re not sleeping, are you?

Tag questions are translated with these words in Hungarian:

ugye? igaz? jó? nem? mi?

Tudsz hegedülni, ugye?
You can play the violin, can’t you?

Szerelmes vagy belém, nem?
You’re in love with me, aren’t you?

Szép vagyok, nem?
I’m beautiful, aren’t I?

Te nem iszol, ugye?
You don’t drink, do you?

Menj aludni, jó?
Go to bed, will you?

Együnk pizzát, jó?
Let’s eat pizza, shall we?

WONDERING:
When English uses the verb wonder or the conjunctions if, whether, then Hungarian only uses two words:

vajon, -e

The rule is this: use the particle -e when English says if/whether. Use vajon when English says Someone’s wondering if.

-e = if/whether
vajon = wondering if

Nem tudom, el jön-e.
I don’t know if he’s coming.

Nem figyeltük, hazudik-e.
We didn’t pay attention to whether he’s lying.

Nem tudja, elmegy-e vagy sem.
He doesn’t know whether or not to go.

Vajon eljön? – I wonder if he’s coming.

Vajon meg tudja csinálni?
I’m wondering whether he can do it.

NOTE! Fundamentally, the verb to wonder is expressed with an adjective in Hungarian:

kíváncsi = curious

So you can also say in positive sentences:

Kíváncsi vagyok, eljön-e.
Kíváncsiak vagyunk, meg tudja-e csinálni.

I put emphasis on positive sentences because kíváncsi in negative sentences might have a pejorative meaning.

Nem vagyok kíváncsi arra, hogy eljön-e.
I don’t really care if he’s coming.

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