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Translation:Jsme malé a hezké ženy.

December 9, 2017



I understand the ženy ending--it's a feminine noun and plural, hence ženy instead of žena (singular).

I didn't understand why it's malé and hezké, however, thinking those were for neuter nouns. Looking at a declension chart, it shows that malé works for plural masc. inanimate as well as feminine. Same for hezké.

So far these sorts of things are definitely my sticking point. Suggestions for improving? (other than ... lots of practice)


After some time of practicing, it becomes easy and automatic.

Singular masculine (animate or inanimate): hezký

Singular feminine: hezká

Singular neuter: hezké

Plural masculine animate: hezcí

Plural feminine or masculine inanimate: hezké

Plural neuter: hezká

And a little secret at the end: In common Bohemian (the everyday form of spoken language in the Western part of the country, including Prague), the endings are different and somewhat easier:

Sg. masc.: hezkej; sg. fem.: hezká (same as literary Czech); sg. neu.: hezký; all plural forms: hezký


Thank you so much. This is VERY helpful, including the information about Bohemian endings. What good news that the grammar for this is easier in Prague! I have cut and pasted your advice to my email.


Could this not also be "Jsme malé a krásné ženy"?


"Krásný" is more than "hezký" as well as "beautiful" is more than "pretty"


True from your way of perspective but :D as Czech I would use beautiful for nádherný, nice would be also krásný I guess, as we say what a nice day ( to je krásný den)


I would definitely translate "It's a nice day" as "To je hezký/pěkný den." and "It's a lovely/beautiful day" as "To je krásný den."

"Nádherný" sounds quite strong to me, the equivalent would be "gorgeous".


Why is My ommited in the case?


It is implied in the verb "Jsme".


Why is it hezké and not hezká? It's feminine


It's plural. Read the Tips and/or read my answer to KathrynPal just above this comment.


Please tell me if an "e" ending, makes velká and hezká plural. What declention are we in with these plural adjectives?


There are only two declensions for (non-possessive) adjectives - hard and soft.

Hard adjectives:

singular: velký (masc. anim./inanim.), velká (fem.), velké (neu.)

plural: velcí (masc. anim.), velké (masc. inanim.), velké (fem.), velká (neu.)

Soft adjectives:

singular and plural: cizí (all genders)

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