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"Ano, piju mléko."

Translation:Yes, I am drinking milk.

June 20, 2018



How do we know whether it's "I drink milk" or "I am drinking milk"?


We do not. The Czech sentence can mean both.


I guess it's all about the context, thank you!


"Ich trinke Milch" in German can also mean both "I drink milk" and "I'm drinking milk". Same in French, Russian, Swedish, Finnish and many other languages. English is actually a little unusual in having distinct continuous tenses.


whats the difference between piji and piju?


piji is the older form, now quite formal or bookish. Piju is more common in normal speech.


This can also be: Yes, I drink milk.



Yes, it is accepted.


It can also be "No, piji mléko." Although "no" is a less used term for saying "ano."


This is quite a strange combination of the colloquial "No" and the formal ending "-ji". But I would advise learners to stay away from the Czech "no" until they are confident with the actual usage. It is not just an equivalent of "jo", it has quite a few more meanings http://ssjc.ujc.cas.cz/search.php?hledej=Hledat&heslo=no&sti=EMPTY&where=hesla&hsubstr=no

Notice it is classified as ob. in the dictionary, that means it is Common Czech and it is not acceptable for this course as standard Czech.


Hi l translated perfectly with the correct grammer. However it states l gave an incorrect answer?


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