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Translation:Lepšímu časopisu byste věřily?

June 23, 2018



Can I say: "věřils by lepšímu časopisu?" Can the "s" go on the verb?


Correct is "Věřil bys ..." = future time. "věřils" = past tense, but "věřils by" does not make sense.


why are you using this word order without any context?


It appears that you may have something specific in mind. We would appreciate it if you would indicate why you believe this word order is inappropriate. To help us fully understand your position, please also indicate what word order you believe should be shown above as the main translation, and why. Constructive comments are much appreciated.


"věřily" is mistake. "Věřili" is correct.


It is one of several correct forms, as the English sentence contains no information regarding gender.


I am Czech. If we do not know who is "you" there should be "i". In this sentence, there can be "y" only if another sentence preceded it and we know who is "you".


I am not Czech, but the author of this exercise almost certainly is. And I do understand your reasoning. But the English sentence is completely non-specific. Here, "you" can be a group of men, a group of women, a group of men and women, one man, one woman.... so all possible endings are accepted.


You do not know, but the person who made the statement knew.

Prostě to berte jako větu vytrženou z kontextu. Může tam být kterýkoli rod. Nevíme, kdo se to s kým bavil, ale oni to věděli.


What is wrong with the word order "byste věřily lepšímu časopisu?" It seems like the emphasis on "a better magazine" makes sense.


Second position rule for byste. "Věřily byste lepšímu časopisu" is accepted.


Oooooooh that makes sense. Thanks!


why is the verb "věřit" is ending in y ? and not in i? if it is 2nd pers. plur. thanks


Past participles have their own rules, they are nominal verbal forms and distinguish genders. The -li ending is used for groups that includes members that are masculine animate. Otherwise you see -ly. Neuter gemder has plural -la. You should find more in the Tips about the past tense.

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