"There are forty-seven spiders there already."

Translation:Pavouků tam už je čtyřicet sedm.

August 30, 2018

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Why "je" and not "jsou"? I would use plurial given there are more than 1 spider


You use je with numbers above four. Notice that pavouci are not in the nominative case, they are not the subject, the number is. Please see the Tips and notes.


Podle mě je správnější Pavouků je tam už čtyřicet sedm


Souhlasím, tak proč je to vyhodnoceno jako chyba?


No jo, kdyby to zaznělo rovnou, dávno to mohlo být spraveno... Přidávám.


Why is this word order correct instead of "Tam je už čtyřicet sedm pavouků." or "Už je čtyřicet sedm pavouků tam."?


But don't get the impression that "tam" cannot be at the end at all. It can. "... pavouků už je tam." is possible. Especially when you were putting there and you are finished now.


The first one is possible, but stressing a different thing. In the official answer we know we are talking about spiders there and the new info is their number. In your sentence even the fact there are any spiders there is probably new.

The other one is not Czech, we do not put the adverb of location at the end as English does.


"Je už tam čtyřicet sedm pavouků" marked wrong. Can anyone explain why?


This is an unusual combination. The Czech national corpus has only 8 sentence starting "Je už tam..." and 180 for "Je tam už..." (now corrected). And some of those 8 come from interviews and the sentences may be unprepared or otherwise affected by the immediate situation. Feel free to report it using the report button and it may be added as a not-very-common form in the future. But it sounds weird to me.


Ok thank you! At least I know now I got the word order right, this time:)


You probably misunderstood, the problem is actually in the word order.


Oh ok.. I did think you meant unusual but not incorrect. Can I ask though, context aside, is it the verb in the 1st position that makes it wrong? Does Tam už je / Tam je už / Už je tam sound more natural? Or we must start with pavouků? Thank you


We can start with almost anything:

  • Je tam už 40 pavouků. - default, neutral word order
  • Už je tam 40 pavouků. - pretty neutral, "už" can easily start the sentence
  • Už tam je 40 pavouků. - same as above
  • Tam už je 40 pavouků. - As for that place, there are 40 spiders there.
  • Tam je už 40 pavouků. - same as above, just coupling už + numeral to slightly emphasize that it's already 40
  • Pavouků tam už je 40. - As for spiders, there's already 40 of them there.
  • Pavouků už je tam 40.
  • Pavouků už tam je 40.
  • Pavouků je tam už 40.
  • Pavouků tam je už 40.

So... when we begin with the spiders, which makes them the topic (Speaking of spiders... As far as spiders are concerned...), we can place the three little words almost in any order. An unnatural order would be "Pavouků je už tam 40", all the other ones I mentioned can be justified.

Tip: If you don't want to worry too much about "už" (because its position is quite flexible), best place it either first - "Už..." - with the other little words following it, or place it right before the number/amount - "už 40 pavouků", "už 20 let", "už 2 dny", that way you don't have to figure out where exactly in the second position it should be among the other little words. ;)


did you switch it up?


I have not tried the 3 combinations I was asking about in my last post - just wondering if they are worth trying (still confused with the placement of tam, už and the like)...


No, it looks like VladaFu accidentally switched it up - that's what svrsheque is referring to, I believe - that's what's led to your confusion.

"Je tam už..." is the natural word order. "Je už tam..." sounds like a complete sentence, most likely a question, where "tam" is emphasized, it would be weird to add anything after "Je už tam?".


Thank you! Both of your posts very helpful!


I did (corrected now).

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