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"He has been drinking beer since he was nine."

Translation:Pije pivo od svých devíti let.

January 6, 2018



I got this right (on the second try) with "Od devíti už pije pivo." (The first time I didn't include "už.") But my answer is so different from the correct answer above, I wonder... Is mine really an acceptable translation?


Yes, your translation is fine. Czech is quite free with its word order. I would say the variant without "už" is closer to the English sentence.

One thing, though: Your sentence can mean two things without context. It can also mean "He has been drinking beer since nine o'clock". If you include either "svých" or "let" (or both) in your sentence, the meaning will be clear.


Thanks very much for your reply, especially for your observation about the multiple meanings. I hadn't thought about that, but it's quite true.

So... it was actually very gracious of DL to "pass" my translation, since there WAS context in the Czech version! :-)


Nah, it should be accepted. It was totally something you could say in a conversation.

I expect the context would be obvious most of the time. You're either talking about juvenile drinking or someone's today's drinking schedule.


Yes, I'd think so. It is not that different actually. And I think it should be accepted even without už, because there is no "already" in the English sentence.


Thanks for taking the time to reply, and for your support! (We need all we can get, right?)


I got it accepted without ''uz'' (pije pivo od deviti let). Just to understand, could this sentence also mean ''he has been drinking beer for nine years'' or that is said differently?


That would be different. "Od" means "since" in the original sentence. Your sentence could be translated as "Pije pivo devět let."


What about: On pije pivo od on byl devet. It seems closer to the English sentence to me, but I could be way off.


You are way off. :(


Does the reflexive have to be used in this sentence? I understand grammatically why "svych" is used here, but I've tried using "jeho" thinking it should be an accepted alternative since it does not change in case or number. Can anyone help clear this up for me please?


Wo normally do accept also the nonreflexive form, but here it sounds really weird. I would be wondering whose nine years it was when clearly not his.


Why not už here but there is an už in the other sentences?


What does let mean?


Check a dictionary or the hints provided. It is the plural genitive of léto. In plural it means "years".


Thanks. It doesn't come up as a hint until later in the course, and all the dictionaries I tried only define it as "flight", which obviously doesn't make sense in this context.


There is not included year in English sentence but in Czech including let why .


you can't just add "years" to english without adding "old", but then you may be asking where the "old" is in czech.


I have heard "je mu devět let" (could be "bylo mu devět let" here). Is that colloquial?


It is completely standard.


whats the purpose of svých here? translate says ''their''


It is a normal reflexive possessive.

Literally: "their nine years" "the nine years of their age"

Those nine years are associated witht heir age, they are their nine years.

jeho devíti let -> reflexive -> svých devíti let

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