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Manžel/ka vs muž/žena

Is there any difference in usage between the two versions of husband/wife? Which is more common?

July 5, 2019

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

Manžel/ka can be used only as husband/wife

Muž/žena can be used both as husband/wife and man/woman.

In both cases you have to use a pronoun, in case muž/žena even more so. "můj muž" = my husband (literaly "my man"), "jeho žena" = his wife (lit. "his woman"), "její manžel" = her husband, "tvoje manželka" = your wife

In common speech it is more used muž/žena, manžel/ka is used in more official occasions, but the difference is basically non-existent.

July 5, 2019

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

i'd say that the pronoun is unnecessary when it is clearly implied whose spouse are you talking about
t. CZ native

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/racze551

Thank you, your explanation was really helpful.

July 5, 2019
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