"Nemám ani ženu, ani děti."

Translation:I have neither a wife nor children.

October 11, 2017

6 Comments


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What about a bit more emphasized: "I do neither have a wife nor children." ?

March 15, 2019

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No, that doesn't work. Adding "do" here doesn't do anything for emphasis, it just makes the sentence wrong.

March 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcoVoMo

What are your thoughts on "I niether have a wife, nor children"?

April 6, 2019

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That doesn't work. When we use neither/nor and either/or, we need to use a parallel construction. In your suggested sentence, the construction is not parallel. Compare:

"I have neither a wife nor children." -- We are "equating" two things (wife vs. children).
"I neither have a wife, nor do I want one." -- We are "equating" two actions (having vs. wanting).
"I neither have a wife, nor children." -- The "equation" is flawed (having vs. children).

April 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcoVoMo

Great, thanks for the explanation! I had never realized this.

April 6, 2019
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