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"But they do not need them."

Translation:Oni je ale nepotřebují.

July 29, 2018

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gavin753673

What actually is the second position in a clause? Can you provide an example for me?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

It is the first unstressed position in a clause. It follows the first phrase which is stressed. Here the "je" is in the second position. There may be multiple clitics placed in the second position at the same time in certain order.

See the Tips and notes and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_word_order#Clitics for more.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/logica

Many thanks for the useful link!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lauren789843

Why is "ale nepotřebují je" wrong? Isn't je in second position, because sentence inital ale doesn't count for position assignment? Thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

In a longer sentence you could indeed have "..., ale nepotřebují je.". But it sounds strange alone.

That said, JE is an inconstant clitic. It can also be used in the first and the final position.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/logica

Why is "Oni ale je nepotřebují" incorrect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

Je must be in the second position.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dadypool

Ale oni je nepotřebují - why was it marked wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

Who knows. We have only one report from around the time of your comment. It is however "ale Oni je nechápou" which is clearly wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gerhard110

"Jeho ale nepotřebují" (with emphasis to HIM) was not acceped. Is there any reason, why?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nueby

Yes, "jeho" is not "them". Maybe you wanted "Je ale nepotřebují."

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