"Žofie už o svých osmnáctých narozeninách byla vdaná."

Translation:Žofie was already married on her eighteenth birthday.

February 17, 2018

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would please try to explain why 'was already married' is acceptable while 'was married already' is not


Is "narozeninách" plural? If so, how does that work? Thanks


narozeniny is always plural, there is no singular. Declension as ženy.


Would removing 'už' imply that she got married on that very day?


Yes, but it would sound very very strange. To say she got married we would rather say:

"Žofie se o svých osmnáctých narozeninách vdala/provdala."


Why is it "o narozeninách" but not "na narozeninách"?


Na is not really used about times or date with locative. With accusative "na své narozeniny" would be possible. O + locative is pretty idiomatic for o narozeninách, o prázdninách, o Vánocích, o Velikonocích and similar.


Why isn't the following not accepted? Žofie was on her eighteenth birthday already married.


It is an odd word order in English and it sounds quite strange; it will not be accepted.


I understand. I remember in English places and times are always at the beginning or end of a sentence.


Is it Zofie uz o svych osmnactych narozeniNACH byla vdana because of the preposition o ... in this sentence it is ' svých osmnáctých narozeNIN do svých osmnáctých narozenin nevypil ani jednou sklenici vína"


In this sentence, the birthday reference is in the locative case, following o,while in the other sentence you mention, it is in the genitive, following do. See also VladaFu's comment (above, as of 8 Feb 2020) for a little more.


wed or married should work in this sentence


Seems correct, but notice the huge difference in the frequency https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=already+married%2C+already+wed&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Calready%20married%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Calready%20wed%3B%2Cc0

I will add wed as I found some examples that were relevant enough. But I will not go around adding it everywhere, we have much bigger problems than this very rare thing.

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