"Kdy tady měl být ten vlak, na nějž čekáme?"

Translation:When was the train supposed to be here that we are waiting for?

September 21, 2018

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Question to the natives of English: doesn't that English sentence sound weird to you? I would insert this that-clause in the middle.

September 21, 2018

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The word order that you suggested is an accepted translation. The English natives on the course team feel that, while your translation is more natural, "When was the train supposed to be here that we are waiting for?" better reflects the Czech original.

September 22, 2018

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Ok, thanks for the response.

September 22, 2018

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What about the word order "When was supposed to be here the train, that we are waiting for?"? Is it correct in English? Thanks.

December 11, 2018

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No, that word order is very unnatural.

December 13, 2018

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It still isn't clear though. In other modules you go with US grammar when otherwise it would sound like Yoda. But in this module you go Czech grammar for the opposite reason?

December 14, 2018

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I have no idea what you are saying. Perhaps you can illustrate it using some example?

December 14, 2018

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There are (currently) 66 accepted alternatives, but only one can be the "main" translation. Usually -- but not always -- that's the one that sounds most natural in English. In this case, the translation shown seems like a better tool for teaching the Czech sentence structure, although it is not ideal in English. However, it's possible that this may be reconsidered in the future.

December 15, 2018
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