CZ > EN sentence "Kdyz budes hodny"

Discussion in 'Vocabulary & Translation Help' started by hk20, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. hk20

    hk20 New Member

    I would like to know what the following sentence means:
    "Kdyz budes hodny, tak ano"

    I think the start is "when..., yes" but online-translator sites have not been able to translate.
  2. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    If you will be good/nice then yes.
  3. hk20

    hk20 New Member

    Thank you for your help.
  4. Kanadanka

    Kanadanka Well-Known Member

    common translation would be "if you would be so kind, then yes"
  5. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's quite different than "When you will be good then yes" I would think "Když budeš hodne, tak ano" would be something you'd say to a naughty child who is asking for dessert. I would think "if you would be so kind, then yes" would look something like (not perfect czech) jestli ty by byl hodne, tak ano"
  6. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    The equivalent of "if you would be so kind, then yes" would be "kdybyste byl tak hodný, tak ano"

    "když budeš hodný" you can say to a child or partner, but not to somebody else.

    buď tak hodný a podej mi tužku
    buď hodný a dostaneš dort
  7. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    I think the use of "kdybyste," however, implies a hypothetical, whereas "if you would be so kind" is conditional, but not hypothetical. (Hypothetical would be "If you were so kind ...").

    The phrase "if you would be so kind ..." usually implies a single act one is requesting, e.g. "If you would be so kind as to open the door for me, ... ," so if the context of the original "Kdyz budes hodny, tak ano" is a single, specific request, I would say that Kanadanka's translation is accurate. Otherwise, I would translate it as, "If you will be good, then yes" or alternatively (more loose translation, but perhaps more commonly said in English) "If you will behave, then yes."
  8. 1500

    1500 Active Member

    Nepouzival byste "jestli", misto "kdyz"?

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