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"I do not care about František."

Translation:O Františka se nestarám.

September 9, 2017



Why not Nestarám se o Františka?


is 'se' always preceded the verb (in this case is "stará")?


The notes at the start of the unit say "se" wants to be after the second unit of meaning, so it kind of depends on how you word your sentence (since word order can be all loosey goosey in Czech). I saw a couple examples where the verb came first and "se" came immediately after and other examples where the object came first and then "se" came afterwards. So whether or not it precedes the verb depends on where the verb comes in the sentence, I think: if the verb is the first unit of meaning in the sentence, "se" comes after it, but if the verb comes later in the sentence "se" will come before it.


So... this verb means both "to take care of" and "to care about"? Those mean two different things in English. One might, for example, "take care of the pigs" (providing physical care to them) without actually "caring about" the pigs (having some concern for their welfare)..


I interpreted the same way by writing 'nesnasim Frantiska' (cannot write the accents on my computer). While that seemed too strong, I did not think 'nezajimam' or 'nestaram' captured the negativity the English expression 'I do not care about ...' so this seemed closest.


Why here is correct "Frantiska" and not "Frantisku"?


It is the pán declination paradigm.


"Nepečuji o Františka" je rovněž správný překlad, dle mého názoru. "I do not care about František."


Ne, pečovat je "to take care of" případně "to care for". "To care about" je zajímat se, starat se (jak se má...), považovat za důležité. "To care for" je i "mít zájem".


A díky. A lingot. Nejste nadarmo moderátor. A česky je zcela běžné, že "starat se = pečovat."


Proc tedy neakceptuje system - o Františka se nezajimam? Děkuji


Is "se" in the second unit of meaning or in the third? Because I thought that se has to be in the second place. But do "O" and Frantisek belong together?


You're exactly right -- O Františka is the first unit of meaning, putting se in the second position.


Does the preposition o always go with accusative? I believed so far it would normally be used we the locative.


It can take the accusative or the locative. The section Prepositions and Their Case Combinations Survey at https://mluvtecesky.net/en/grammar/prepositions is a handy resource.

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