Help with translation please

Discussion in 'Vocabulary & Translation Help' started by Sybilla, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. Sybilla

    Sybilla Member

    How do I say " Could I have another/blanket/pillow please" and - a piece of grammar left out of most short guides and phrase books - " Could she/they have another...."
    It seems as though I may be in the position of being the linguist for my group and, as my local library has not yet managed to get me a grammar book, I have been learning only the egoists way of speaking i.e making my desires known without reference to others.
  2. Halef

    Halef Well-Known Member

    Could I have:

    Můžete mi prosím dát ...
    Mohla (f.) / mohl (m.) bych prosím dostat ...

    další (supplement)
    jiný (m.) / jinou (f.) / jiné (n.) (replacement)

    bed sheet - prostěradlo (n.)
    blanket - přikrývku (f., nominative "přikrývka").
    pillow - polštář (m.)
    bed-clothes - povlečení (n.)
    pillowcase - povlak na polštář (m.)

    Could she have - mohla by (prosím) dostat... / můžete jí (prosím) dát...
    Could he have - mohl by .. / můžete mu ...
    Could they have - mohli by ... / můžete jim ...
    Could we/us have - mohli bychom ... / můžete nám ...

    "Prosím" means "please". It makes the sentence polite.

    Some complete sentences:

    Could I have another (replacement) blanket?
    Můžete mi prosím dát jinou přikrývku?

    Could they have another (additional) pillow?
    Můžete jim prosím dát další polštář?
  3. Sybilla

    Sybilla Member

    Thank you for your prompt reply. I should have been more explicit in asking for an additional blanket/pillow. I can't imagine needing a replacement but your complete reply has answered several question for me especially as you have explained the grammar involved.
    I do wish I could have started studying earlier especially as I am having to revise German for a short stay in Austria.
    One short question - I know I should be posting it for all and sundry - How do I say "What Soccer/football team do you support?"
    This should be simpler in the Czech Republic than it would be in Australia .
    as we have: Australian Rules, Soccer and two sorts of Rugby
    Regards, Sybil Smith
  4. Halef

    Halef Well-Known Member

    Kterému fotbalovému klubu fandíte (plural, or polite) / fandíš (singular, but use only when talking to a friend)?

    You are right, football is quite easier in Czechia. There is just one, when we do not count the indoor versions.

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