"Stěžoval byste si?"

Translation:Would you complain?

October 23, 2017

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Shouldn't it be stěžovali or stěžovaly (or maybe even stěžovala) here?


In translation into Czech all these options are accepted. But here you are translating into English. And you are talking to a single male person that you have a formal relationship with.


I just want to understand: if you refer to a single person formally, do you still have to use the past tense form as referring to one person? So translating "Mister, could you ...?" would be "Pane, mohl byste ...?" and never "Pane, mohli byste ...?"? In Russian we always use the plural form in such situations so I found that a bit unusual.


Yes. We do use singular. There is only one guy even if we are having formal relation.


I had to choose between 'bys' or 'byste'. I guess both are possible, right?


I guess bys is not an option, because then it would be: Stěžoval by sis, not Stěžoval bys si


Aha, that's the subtly that was eluding me. Thank you.


Hi, my conclusion is that Stěžoval byste si or Stěžoval bys sis is the same? Am I right?


It's "byste si" vs "by sis." The difference is 2nd person pl/2nd person sg formal vs 2nd person sg informal.

Note the "regular form" of 2nd person sg informal is "bys." However, if there's a reflexive pronoun used, the final "-s" moves to the pronoun: "by sis." Just like in this case.


The intonation of the voice does not sound as a question but as a statement. That's really bad.


There is nothing we can do. Not worth disabling the audio exercise because of this.


Yes. Thanks. I just wanted it to be mentioned here.


Can a moderator please provide a link to usage rules for se-si-ses-sis? I've searched the site with no luck. Thank you.


Which rules? The general rules for clitics are at https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/31466920

You have to learn which verb takes se and which takes si, there is no other way.

In the second person singular the "jsi se" combination becomes "ses" and the "jsi si" becomes "sis".


Yes, I saw that post. Thanks for your quick reply.

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