"Při cestě domů snědla sedmnáct jablek."

Translation:On the way home, she ate seventeen apples.

December 1, 2017

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Why is 'she ate' an entirely different word (snědla) than any other form or conjugation of 'eat' (i.e. jím, jíst, jedl, etc.)?


SNĚDLA (inf. SNÍST) is a perfect verb (aspect) while JÍST is imprefect. Ona jedla = she was eating. Ona snědla = she ate. The apples are gone. Some of these perfect verbs do not really exist in present tense. They only have past and future.

You can easily have a sentence MY TO JÍME (present) AŽ TO SNÍME (future tense). which would be "we are eating it till we finish it (eat it)"


Why is "při"and not "na" cestě? What's the difference between the two prepositions?


Both při and na are equally accepted in the reverse exercise. It is like on vs. during the way/trip home.


I wrote domu instead of domů and it was accepted. Should it have been?


Only as a typo or if you accept no diacritics. Otherwise it is Common Czech.


Can I ask, what is meant by "common" Czech and why it is unacceptable to Duolingo? In English, "common" has two meanings which are partly contrary to each other, i.e. firstly simply "frequent" or "usual" ("Czechs are common here") and secondly "lower class" i.e. beneath us superior people, not "usual" amongst us (He is common, he picks his nose").


Common Czech, not "common" Czech, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_language#Common_Czech

is a specific feature of Czech formerly described as an interdialect, but is actually currently more than that, it is a vernacular layer of the language that most native speakers, except for speakers of seome Moravian and Silesian dialects, use for normal casual speech.

It is not acceptable in normal courrses and exams of Czech, only in certain specific lessons aimed at Common Czech.


What is wrong about "During the way home she ate seventeen apples."? Because I thought that "při" means both on or during.


I'm not sure, but isn't "during the way" a little strange in English? Among others, "during the trip" and "during her trip" are accepted here.


Yes it is. Either "on the way" or "during the trip/ journey". No logic in this, just how it is.


Thanks for confirming.

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