emphasis for third person pronouns (word order)

Discussion in 'Grammar & Pronunciation' started by MichaelM, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. MichaelM

    MichaelM Well-Known Member

    The emphasized (long) forms of these pronouns seem to occur either at the beginning or the end of sentences (understanding that these are the most important parts of the sentence i.e. new information. Do emphasized (long such as jeho vs. ho) forms ever occur in the middle of Czech sentences? Thanks.
  2. Troll

    Troll Well-Known Member

    Rarely, we tend to place them as you have said. But it is no dogma. On the other side we never put the short (unstressed) forms at the beginning of sentences.

    N.B. After the prepositions always use the long forms (pro něho, k němu).
  3. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    ... and notice Troll's changing of the leading "j" to "n" after a preposition (jeho -> něho).
  4. MichaelM

    MichaelM Well-Known Member

    Thank you both for those answers. Though smilingly frustrating to know of these finer distinctions, it gives this language a flavor that is utterly enticing and keeps me coming back for more. I'll get it some day! (Likely, I'll be on crutches or a walker at that point but C'est la Vie). By the way, how does Czech translate that cover-all French saying?
  5. Troll

    Troll Well-Known Member

    To je život.
    Takový je život.
    Takový už je život.

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