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"You were strange then."

Translation:Byls tehdy zvláštní.

September 24, 2017



Why is "Tehdy zvláštní byls" wrong? I miss the grammar notes that were so helpful earlier in the tree!


I'm not positive, but I think the auxiliary ending -s needs to be added to the word in the first position (or if applicable, to si or se).


correct, best would be: Tehdys byl zvláštní.

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    I wrote, "Jsi byl tehdy divný." Why is it wrong?


    It's almost right, except for word order. It should be "Byl jsi tehdy divný".


    why "byls zvláštní tehdy" is not accepted?


    It is not technically incorrect, but only usable in very specific context. You were strange THEN. (and not at the other time)


    I have to say that to me your specific context.. strange THEN, is the only one that i can really imagine meaning by this sentence, even after some thought. I also had Byls zvláštní tehdy.


    By THEN, I mean really strongly stressing it when pronouncing, certainly not the basic way how you would normally read it.

    Basically, the fact that he was or is strange would already have to be established in previous communication and this just informs that it was THEN and not at some other time.

    Byls zvláštní tehdy. normally does sound strange.


    Aha, rozumím. Moc dekuji!


    is there a tips and notes for this one? gotta get on my computer. so, i thought that for jsem, jsi and jste we always need to put the pronouns. but "byls jste tehdy zvlaštní" was wrong, and the correct answer given was "byls tehdy zvlaštní" :/


    It's either byls or byl jsi or byl jste. The -s in byls is a shortening of jsi.


    ohhh wow, cool! nice! good to know!


    I, too, need more tips and notes........will there be more forthcoming?


    This skill does have Tips and notes. For the later ones ... probably, some day.


    Does "tehdy" require a second position?


    said my answer should have been "Byl jste tehdy zvláštní." but "Byl" was not a choice in this multiple choice. I wrote 'Byls'


    And what was the whole sentence you wrote?

    Three correct answers are:

    • Byls tehdy zvláštní.
    • Byl jsi tehdy zvláštní.
    • Byl jste tehdy zvláštní. (polite/formal)


    Why not Tehdy byls zvlastni?


    The -s must be appended to the word in the first position as jackso.jacksonis pointed out at the top of the page already.


    The "-s" postfix is still "jsi", only in a reduced form. And you know we like "jsi" in the second position - so this "-s" will still be in the same position, which effectively means the first word. The notable exception is when we have a reflexive "se" or "si" in the sentence - these take priority in the second position and the postfix "-s" is attached to them, forming "ses" and "sis" respectively.

    • Byls tehdy zvláštní.
    • Tehdys byl zvláštní.
    • Tys byl tehdy zvláštní.
    • Ty ses mi zdál zvláštní. (You seemed strange to me.)

    Also note that using "-s" is classified as colloquial, but it's very frequent in everyday speech.

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