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"To nebyla příliš dobrá kniha."

Translation:That was not a very good book.

February 7, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A477

does velmi instead of prilis work here also?


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

It is accepted, although perhaps not in your exact attempt. I think příliš is better, but it is acceptable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jenda48

"To nebyla velmi dobrá kniha" is wrong? Is "a very good=příliš dobrá? I thinked that "too good"= příliš dobrá", or is it an idiom? Thanks.


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

I (native AmE) don't like it either. Saying "that is a not too good book"would be like writing "that is a not too good sentence." Would it be understood? Probably. Would it be correct? No. The tricky bit is that příliš pops up often as "too" or "too much" in translations, but "too" just doesn't work in this sentence. So it's good to know that it can also be used as "very" in certain contexts.


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

"To nebyla velmi dobrá kniha" is accepted. You can say "This book is not too good", but I am not very sure about "not too good book", I do not like it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMills574753

I wasn't sure whether to report my opinion. I did get this correctly, but I feel a better choice of words in English for what I think is meant by the Czech statement (and closer to the literal) is "That was not too good a book". No real idea why an extra "a" would be used (for emphasis perhaps?) and I've been speaking it for 72 years!


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

Thank you for the suggestion. I have added this as an accepted translation, consistent with our practice in a similar exercise.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matt81406

Why not "it wasn't such a good book"?


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

That is "Nebyla to tak dobrá kniha." (the completely direct translation with "taková" does not work that well in Czech)


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

Why not "The book was not too good."?


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

That is: Ta kniha nebyla příliš dobrá.

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