"Only we know her."

Translation:Známe ji jen my.

December 23, 2017



Here's my take on this one, in case anyone finds it useful...

For one thing, "ji" is one of those little words that wants to be in second place.

For another, the meanings in English of "Only we know her" and "We know only her" are different, and I think they're probably different in Czech as well (or we wouldn't be confused about the word order).

Only we know her -- Nobody else knows her, only we do. Note that this doesn't necessarily mean that we are the only people in the entire world who know her. Maybe we"re talking about a group of eight people, and of them, we know her but the others don't.

We know only her -- She is the only one we know. Again, this doesn't mean that she is the only person in the world that we know, just that, among some group of people, she is the only one that we do know. We don't know anyone else.

August 24, 2018


I wrote "jen ji známe" and was corrected "jen my ji známe", whereas the "official" translation (above) seems to be "známe ji jen my". It seems logical that "my" has to be added here, as it is stressed. From previous lessons I concluded that a word that is stressed should preferably be at the end of the sentence. But I am unsure of the position of the adverbs in this lesson. It looks like starting with the adverb is a safe bet, but apparently it cannot be positioned everywhere in the sentence. My guess: "jen my" should be together in any case, and "ji" should preferably be in second position. Where are the real Czechs to help us?

June 22, 2018


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You describe it quite well actually, so I don't know what to add or answer. The "jen" can be in many places but it can change the meaning, hard to argue without a concrete example to comment.

June 22, 2018


I'm very curious about how the word order and the meaning interact here. It would seem that 'We know only her' would be a possible meaning as well unless the word order and the addition of the pronoun somehow change that. Are there any grammarians able to clarify?

December 23, 2017
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