"Those are big words!"
Translation:To jsou velká slova!
You are right, it is plural neuter.
However "to" does not mean "those" in this case. Here it acts as a demonstrative. There is used a phrase "je to/jsou to", which is commonly used in Czech to indentify things/people/etc. The "to" does not change with the gender of a noun, only the verb has to match in singular/plural. (eg. Jsou to ptáci? Jsou to ženy? Jsou to města? Je to muž? Je to kočka? Je to kuře?)
Thank you for the reply, unfortunately I think I am still confused! Do you mean "jsou to" is a fixed phrase that means something very slightly different to "those are"? Is it possible to describe the difference between when "to jsou"/"jsou to" should be used, and when (if ever) "ti/ty/ta jsou" should be used?
Edit: Never mind, I think I get it--it's either "ti/ty/ta (noun) jsou" or "to jsou", but not "ti/ty/ta jsou".
Can someone help me understand why "Ta slova jsou velká" is not an acceptable formation? It seems to work with others like "Ta náměstí jsou velká", but maybe I'm misunderstanding something different about the two cases.
I was under the impression, like Chwarae, that the ta [noun] jsou formation would be fine.
EDIT: I think I understand based on another example. It's the difference between:
Those are big words and Those words are big
I think. Is there a difference in meaning for an English speaker? Not much, but I guess the point is more grammatical, if this is an accurate understanding of why this answer is disallowed.
Great job! There is a grammatical difference between predicative (those words ARE big) and attributive (those are BIG words) constructions. The course consistently distinguishes between the two. But the ultimate point that you're making with either sentence is that there are some words and that they are big ones.
Well it's not gender, it's plural. Typically words that end like slovo end with an "a" when they are plural. So for example "triko" which is "T shirt" becomes "trika" which is "T shirts" most words in English become plural by adding an "s" but Czech doesn't work like that. it's just simply different.
Just to make sure you you or others don't miss the important reference in sversheqe's post...
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