"What is it, a girl or a boy?"

Translation:Co je to, děvče nebo chlapec?

September 22, 2017

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Why is "hoch" not correct instead of "chlapec"?


It is correct and accepted. You might have made a different mistake.


Nope. I have that same problem. I could choose the words. So i did and sibce i knew hoch but wasnt sure about chlapec i took hoch. And it was marked incorrect


Funny now it wasn t


FWIW, Duo's error handling has been behaving oddly lately...


Is chlapec = boy considered to be a neuter noun in this case?


No, this is the "to je/je to" pattern. English also has "is it".


is co je to and co to je interchangeable?


In most sentences like this one yes.


Is this part wrong "holka nebo kluk" because "it" is neuter -- therefore I have to use neuter forms of girl and boy? Lord help me.


No, You always use "je to" for all genders. Je to kluk? Je to holka? Je to dítě? Jsou to kluci? Jsou to holky? Jsou to města? Alway "je to/to je" or "jsou to/to jsou" for all genders.


Dívka is wrong here ?


Is "Co" interchangeable with "jaky" in this case or generally?


Not here. Sometimes it could be but the main meaning is different (What is it? a car vs. What kind of a car is it? a red one).


Why kluk is incorrect


"co je ono, holka nebo kluk" -- is it the ono that is incorrect? I thought an earlier sentence, "that is it" was "to je ono".


One is a quite special word. It is indeed "it" https://prirucka.ujc.cas.cz/?id=ono but it is not used too often in the regular sense in nominative. To some extent it becomes defective in modern Czech.

Please understand that the English "it" is pretty overloaded and means something else in different use cases.

Namely, in the extremely common "Co je to?" / "Je to X" / "To je X". You cannot use "ono".

Ono would be used when speaking about some particular thing represented by the "it".

Vidíš to dítě? Ono si hraje.
Do you see the child? It (he/she?) is playing.

Then ono can be used in specisl subject-less sentences like: Ono prší. It is raining. However, here it is used more as a stressing particle rather than a real subject.

Finally, you can use the different ono from the onen/ona/ono triple. Ono dítě = that child.


"Jaké je to, divka nebo kluk?" - What is wrong?


"Jaké je to?" means "What is it like?". But you really want "What is it?" "Co je to?"


why cant i write "kdo je to, holka nebo hoch?"?


Co means "what," while kdo means "who." "CO je to, holka nebo hoch" is accepted.


When do you use holka and kluk and when do you use devce and chlapec?


Throughout the course, all three of the words meaning "girl" (díva, holka, děvče) and "boy" (chlapec, hoch, kluk) are accepted equally. The only tricky bit is that, of the "girl" options, děvče is a neuter noun, while the other two are feminine. All three of the "boy" options are masculine animate.

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