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"Yesterday the doors of sixteen apartments were open."

Translation:Včera byly dveře šestnácti bytů otevřené.

September 23, 2017



Since the moderators haven't responded to the previous comments properly, I will bring this up one more time. Why isn't the option Včera dveře šestnácti bytů byly otevřené accepted here?


The order is just strange. There is no clitic that would require the second position here but still "byly" probably wants to stay there because "dveře šestnácti bytů" is really long. Other speakers may find it fine though, sometimes it is enough to read the sentence aloud several times in a row and it will start to feel more acceptable...

Just: "Dveře šestnácti bytů byly otevřené." is perfectly fine.


why is my answer not accepted- včera dvěře šestnácti bytů byly otevřené ?

is it related to the word order in Czech? where can I find more info on that?


Exactly. Plus one typo, "dvěře" instead of "dveře".



same question....whÿ not Včera dveře šestnácti bytů byly otevřené?


'Byly' should be the second word.


"Včera dveře šestnácti bytů byly otevřené." will be added as a correct answer?


It does not sound too natural, so I am not sure if it will.


Thank you for your explanation. I know this question was brought by MararikaVaa before but I didn't get it. It helps me a lot. Thank you for your patience!


Why is "u" instead of "z or ze" used in the red answer I was given? Can it be understood as in the correct sentence given above? I thought "u" was translated into "by" and "z" meant of. Is it dropped as "for" is dropped in a sentence like "Frantisek ceka Katerinu."?


Which red answer? We don't know what you were given, sorry.


In trying to say the doors of 16 apartments--dvere z sestnacti bytu. One correct answer omits a translated word for "of." Is it understood as for/pro would be with cekam? Also, Tom's original question in this thread has me confused, too. Would it not make sense to place were and open closer together?


It most natural to avoid any preposition. The genitive case is enough to express that relation. It is the purpose of the genitive case in indoeuropean languages. You won't use z or ze here, but you can use od (from 16 flats) or u (at 16 flats).


I answered the Toms question in the answer to raspberry-shake.


For me the issue is that the verb (byly otevřene) is split by the dveře šestnacti bytu, which is pretty long, and could in some cases be even longer (the doors of 16 new apartments on the fourth floor... etc.). So splitting the verb and forcing the reader to wait to the end of the sentence to find out what happened to the doors is a bit much. For more on this issue read Mark Twain's wonderful story: The awful German language...


We do that quite often. The example here does not sound strange at all.

In German, for example, they put the past participle always at the and as a grammatical rule.


Again I recommend Mark Twain's The Awful German Language (available online) for a hilarious discussion of this issue ;-)


Would it be possible to say here "Včera BYLO dveře šestnácti bytů otevřené"?


You would need another number there to use "bylo": "Včera bylo šestnáct dveří šestnácti bytů otevřených" (which is quite excessive) - and notice that both "dveře" and "otevřené" have to be in genitive.

"Dveře (bytů) byly otevřené" vs. "Několik/mnoho/šestnáct dveří (bytů) bylo otevřených"


are there any rules about when for example sestnact becomes sestnacati?


What English expresses using "of", Czech usually does using the genitive.

door = dveře, byt = apartment

the door of an apartment = dveře bytu (genitive)

the doors of apartments = dveře bytů (genitive plural)

Numbers decline just like nouns do:

the doors of 2/3/4/5/6 apartments = dveře dvou/tří/čtyř/pěti/šesti bytů

For numbers 5 to 19, we just add -i in every case other than nominative and accusative (and 9 changes slightly: devět -> devíti). Smaller numbers are a bit wacky and their declensions need to be learned separately.


Vcera byly dvere sesnacti bytu otevrene. Why "byly" is using here instead of "bylo"? Thank you for you help.


The bare subject-verb sentence here is "Dveře byly" (Doors were) – the subject is "dveře" (feminine plural), so that goes with "byly" (feminine plural). Then "šestnácti bytů" (of 16 apartments) is all in genitive and attached to the main noun "dveře".

If, on the other hand, you wanted to say "Sixteen doors were open", the main noun and subject in the Czech sentence would be the numeral (since it's bigger than 5): "Šestnáct dveří bylo otevřených" - notice now that "šestnáct" is in the nominative, "bylo" is in agreement with it (neuter singular), and "dveří" as well as "otevřených" have to be in the genitive.

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