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"He played with the computer all afternoon."

Translation:Celé odpoledne si hrál s počítačem.

January 25, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

so the computer is viewed as some kind of playing partner and not as an instrument played with??????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/endless_sleeper

Actually, I'd say hrát (hry) na počítači 'to play (games) on the computer' or hrát počítačové hry 'to play computer/video games' is more common. I suppose that is what you are asking about.

Hrát si s počítačem sounds to me as if you were 'playing' with the computer physically/tinkering with it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

You mean Hrát si s počítačem. Yes, playing with it like with a toy or doing some upgrades inside...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

Here, in the Czech sentence, it is like a toy. Similar to "Celé odpoledne si hrál s míčem." = "He played with the ball all afternoon."

Like a partner would be "Celé odpoledne hrál s počítačem." The English stays the same and can possibly mean both. Or against computer, "hrál proti počítači".

Musical instruments use "hrát na": "Celé odpoledne hrál na piano."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

well, my question was more about why there is thar "s(e)". why not a naked instrumental such as in "jezdit autem"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

This simply differs from verb to verb. Some use varios prepositions and some use direct objects. Some change their meaning between these two versions: Hrál tenis, hrál na kytaru, hrál si s hračkou. He played tennis, he played the guitar, he played with a toy.

For playing video games on a computer we usually say: Hrát na počítači."

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