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"Good night!"

Translation:Dobrou noc!

May 8, 2018



Is "Dobrou!" too informal to be accepted here?


Hi Trofaste,

I am vary of accepting it for several reasons a) it's pretty informal (cf. with English 'night') b) the Golden Rule might object c) some ppl might complain later that we don't accept dobrej as a shortening of dobrý den and that is something we are never ever going to do.

See ya!


Fair enough. The usage of "might" is rather optimistic... Thanks for confirming my suspicion :)


We actually added "Dobrou" two weeks ago. I see your comment predates that by a few weeks. I will probably take heat now for excessive leniency. Oh well. Cesta do pekla je dlážděna dobrými úmysly.


Díky! Heat for excessive leniency, heat for excessive strictness, little to choose between them...

I love Slavic languages. That's perfectly comprehensible even though I've never seen half the words (in Czech) before to remember.


Lenient or strict, the pattern gets shown regardless and a critical mind can still decern regardless. It remain didactive the same. So keep doing what you're doing. The comments section is there to provide us with extras.

Strictness is how I failed Dutch tests before because of grammar errors in my English lol. But it's still a useful course for non-native speakers. It taught me how to better teach Dutch to foreigners. In fact getting corrected via strictness makes the learners pause and look further.


While 'Dobrá noc!' was counted correct here, I learned Czech consider it incorrect after googling for it for they all appear to say 'Dobrou noc!' in reality. Implicitly you say '(Přeji ti) dobrou noc!' hence the accusative.


The issue with accepting or rejecting the nominative is not about what is/not acceptable as a greeting. It has to do with the English side. English sentence fragments in these early skills are accepted without articles. So theoretically someone may just use goofy punctuation for the article-free, non-greeting noun phrase "good night", which would be "dobrá noc" or even "dobrý večer" in Czech.

Until Duolingo grants us our longest running wish, to be able to mark certain translations as marginal, suspicious, or otherwise on the bubble, we have to decide to be overly strict or overly lenient, without the ability to be just right.

The motivation for lengthy debates is usually lessened if the users get a freebie rather than if they feel they were unjustly robbed.


What's the difference between dobry and dobrou


The grammatical case. You will see it in later skills or it may actually ba mentioned in several discussions in this skill.


Am I mishearing the tts or does the "c" make a sound I might not expect ?


See the Tips and notes about Czech pronunciation. The letter "c" denotes the Voiceless alveolar sibilant affricate marked in IPA as [t͡s].

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