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"František čeká na Kateřinu."

Translation:František is waiting for Kateřina.

March 10, 2018



I have never seen "Kateřinu" until now. Is it considered a sort of cuter form of the name?


It's the accusative case.


Waiting on should also be correct


We do accept it in certain sentences but it is so less common than "wait for" that it is still missing in other sentences (like this one). There is still a lot to improve, the course is still in beta.


Thank you so much for your work on Czech. I know it must have involved a huge commitment for you.


It certainly did, though not for me personally, I came here relatively recently.


As in "waiting on" because he's her servant?


In GBE, I think waiting on has a different meaning from waiting for.


A very common additional meaning of "waiting on" in large parts of the US is "waiting for." The course now accepts this usage... though it can be puzzling to those who are not familiar with it. :-)


In serbain we don't use "na", so we would say "František čeka Katerinu". Is that not the case in Czech? Do we need to always use "na"? The principle is same in "dívám se na Kateřinu", we wouldn't use na in that case either.


Without "na" it means in Czech more sth like: "is expecting."


Dule, Česi imaju neke glagole koji su praćeni predlozima kao Englezi i Nemci poput "čekati", "gledati", za razliku od nas. Dakle, mora se upotrebiti odgovarajući predlog "na" za glagol "čekati" u češkom, tako da bez predloga ne bi imalo smisla. Osim toga, neki glagoli ne zahtevaju uvek isti odgovarajući predlog u českom i srpskom poput "zanimati se", iako su oba slovenski jezici.


Actually "čekat" does make sense even without the preposition, but the meaning shifts closer to "expect" and used in different contexts than "čekat na".

Serbian "gledati" can mean "look at", "watch" or "see" - which are in Czech "dívat se na +acc", "sledovat +acc", "vidět +acc" respectively (also depending on context). "Dívat se" is the only one that requires a preposition. "Gledati" is cognate with "hledat", which takes a direct object without a preposition (like gledati), but its meaning has shifted to "look for", "search".

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