"I hardly know her."

Translation:Téměř ji neznám.

October 10, 2017

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After a couple of tries, I got this one right (just lucky maybe), but I have a general observation to make.

The Adverbs skill does not have a Tips and Notes section. Since many of the adverbs have multiple meanings, I think such a section would be very helpful.


Why isn't this: "Já ji téměř znám?"


This one is little tricky. We might need to select a different sentence as the "main" translation. It is the same in English, depending on which synonym for "hardly" you use.

I barely KNOW her.

I practically DO NOT KNOW her.

I virtually DO NOT KNOW her.

I hardly KNOW her.

Depending on the nuance of the adverb you might need to use either know or not know.

Já ji téměř znám - this would mean I nearly know her (as if you were to be introduced to her this afternoon so you are pretty close to knowing her).


Já ji téměř znám - this would mean I nearly know her

= Já ji skoro znám?


Yes, téměř and skoro are synonyms, téměř is more formal, skoro is more casual.


It seems to me, "barely" and "hardly" already contain negation. English, unlike Czech, Spanish and other languages doesn not allow double negation.


That is probably correct.

In Czech there is no double negation in the sentence. You can have both, znám and neznám. But they mean the opposite.

Téměř ji znám. is a possible Czech sentence. It means: I almost know her.


Any reason "Já téměř ji neznám" isn't correct?


wrong word order. if you were a poet and needed to get this particular rhythm, you could get away with it. otherwise you are better off being corrected.


On the other hand, if you were a good poet, presumably you wouldn't have to cheat? :-P


What about: "Já ji moc neznám."?


What about something like "Znam ji malo"?


"Znám ji málo" is less strong, it means I know her at least one degree more than "Téměř ji neznám".

Another way of saying "I hardly/barely/scarcely know her" would be "Sotva ji znám."


That is too loose.

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