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  5. "František said that he was h…

"František said that he was hungry."

Translation:František řekl, že má hlad.

February 22, 2018



why "má" and not "měl", given the sentence is in the past?

February 22, 2018


Czech does not use the English tense agreement in reported speech. He said it in the present tense "Mám hlad." so the reported speach is also present ",že má hlad".

February 22, 2018


English tense agreement in reported speech is by no means an absolute. Someone can report being told that their son is hungry now, or that he was hungry yesterday. The larger context or situation makes all the difference.

February 23, 2018


So would "František řekl, že měl hlad" mean he was hungry before he said it, or is that considered ungrammatical?

July 25, 2018


Yes, was telling that he was hungry at some time before.

July 25, 2018
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