mi't versus mi't

Discussion in 'Grammar & Pronunciation' started by MichaelM, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. MichaelM

    MichaelM Well-Known Member

    A beginner's question here. If mi't both means to have and supposed/expected to, how does one say: I am supposed to have the car today?
  2. Alexx

    Alexx Well-Known Member

    Dnes bych měl mít to auto. But without another context it can be misinterpreted as:
    Dnes bych měl mýt to auto. (sound the same - I am supposed to wash the car today.)

    Better add something to the end:
    Dnes bych měl mít to auto zpět z opravy. (I am supposed to have the car today back from reparation.)
  3. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    Another distinction is that when mít is used as "supposed-expected to" it is used as a sort of helping/auxilliary verb with another verb in the infinitive form following it. When it means "to have/possess" there is no additional infinitive.
  4. scrimshaw

    scrimshaw Well-Known Member

    That was an excellent question MichaelM.
    Wish I'd thought of it.
  5. MichaelM

    MichaelM Well-Known Member

    Scrimshaw and others, thank you very much for your replies. I'm sure to have more questions in the future.

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