Matt (progenies) wrote in linguaphiles,

hungarian curiosity...

In Hungarian, what is the implications of the determiner egy-egy ?

I understand it seems to make a correlation between a group of individuals and another distinct argument to lessen ambiguity:

Minden gyerek olvasott egy könyvet = every child read a book (ambiguous, either there was one book that all the children read or each of them read their own)


Minden gyerek olvasott egy-egy könyvet = every child read a book (non ambiguous, correlates a single book for every child)

Its grammatical to say:

A lányok olvastak egy könyvet = The girls read a book (ambiguous)

But is it possible to say(and this is my question):

A lányok olvastak egy-egy könyvet = The girls read a book (non ambiguous)

Thanks for anyone who can shed light on this unusual determiner...
Tags: hungarian

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