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"Stal se z něj úspěšný člověk."

Translation:He became a successful man.

October 8, 2017



Btw, to my russian ear it at first sounded like 'she made him a successfull man'. Wow.


It still seems no one has explained exactly what is happening here with the z něj. Is that a common way of phrasing this? Can someone give some other examples?

Also, 'person' should be the preferred translation, not man.


Basically, literally the words mean "a succesful man became out of him". You can also say the more direct equivalent of English "Stal se úspěšným člověkem.", but it sounds somewhat bookish.


Ok yeah, and can we assume that its a man since its 'úspěšný'?


Not because of that. úspěšný must agree with člověk as člověk is grammatically masculine.

However, even one of the possible meanings of člověk in the dictionary is indeed muž:

2. muž 1: mladý člověk; člověk velké postavy

It is likely a male person.


Ok, but what if we said 'úspěšná člověka'? Does that make any sense in order to make it a female person?


That is completely ungrammatical. *Člověka is not a Czech word.

As an occasionalism, a female human would be člověčice.


@PřítelBobka: Ha, yes. If you ask a Czech person, what does "člověka" mean, they will usually automatically assume you're asking about a word in the nominative and tell you it doesn't exist -- and perhaps laugh a little, because "člověka" sounds quite funny (again, in the nominative), sort of as a "she-human" or "humanette". It doesn't normally occur to a Czech that you're asking about a declined form unless you provide some sort of frame for the case you're asking about, for example: "What does 'pro člověka' or 'vidím člověka' mean?" In the mind of a Czech (or any speaker of a fusional language), words don't exist in other cases on their own. The (non-nominative) cases are forced by the function in a sentence. If there is no sentence, no verb that requires a case, no preposition that requires a case, no syntactical function, there is no case. The case has no reason to exist then. In VladaFu's comment, this was reinforced by the fact that CountryCatSmith asked about "úspěšná člověka" -- "úspěšná" doesn't match the accusative (or genitive) of "člověk". If asked about "úspěšného člověka", one would understand that the question is about the accusative/genitive form.

@Squeeeem: Of course, but that we still need a suitable feminine noun to go with that, for example: Stala se z ní úspěšná žena/osoba/dívka....


@PřítelBobka: One more thought, when we play Scrabble or any other word game, only the nominative forms are allowed, so "člověka" would be invalid. Similarly, only infinitives are allowed for verbs.


Well ok.. we try again another time .. :)


VladaFu, you said, "člověka is not a Czech word," but it's the accusative form of člověk. I was about to dismiss this as a simple misstatement, but then i thought my native Czech-speaking friend, who, when i present a noun to him in a declined form on its own, seems to be thrown off or he doesn't recognize it immediately unless i provide context. So is the thought process that the declined (non-dictionary) forms are not considered "words" but something else maybe?


I think if one wants to make a feminine variant here, it will be: Stal se z ní úspěšný člověk. She became a successful man/person.


Don't we need to change the verb also, to make this about a woman? Stala se z ní...?


Thanks @AgnusOinas. Things just started making a lot more sense in this regard.


This one confuses me... "He became from him/it a successful man"?


May be something like:

A successful man got/came out of him.

He turned out to become a successful man.


He became (one) "of those successful people" maybe

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    Hm, I thought "to become" was "stát se + instrumental". Maybe I have misunderstood something?


    No, you haven't. "Stal se úspěšným člověkem." is also possible.


    Could this expression be influenced by German? In German we can say: Es wurde aus ihm ein berühmter Mann."


    Could be, there are several calques like this.


    could you please tell me where to find tipsand notes for the very different uses of the verb "STÀT" ? Thank you !


    For individual words it is best to use a good dictionary that contains examples.


    Dekuji mockrat !


    Is "z něj" in genitive here?

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