Languages

Czech

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Introduction

Czech is a West Slavic language with about 12 million native speakers; it is the majority language in the Czech Republic and spoken by Czechs all over the world. Czech is quite similar to and mutually intelligible with Slovak and, to a lesser degree, to Polish or Sorbian in eastern Germany.

The verb

Czech verbs express three absolute tenses - past, present and future. Relativity can be expressed by the aspect, sentence constructions and participles.

Like in other Slavic languages, Czech verbs are distinguished by aspect, they are either perfective or imperfective. Perfective verbs indicate the finality of the process. Therefore, they cannot express the present tense.

Perfective verbs are usually formed adding prefixes to imperfective verbs:

  • psát (imperf.) - to write, to be writing -> napsat (perf.) - to write down

Some perfective verbs are not formally related to imperfective ones:

  • brát (imperf.) - to take, to be taking -> vzít (perf.) - to take

Sample verb: dělat

Present

The present tense can be expressed in imperfective verbs only.

Person
Sg.1 dělám
Sg.2 děláš
Sg.3 dělá
Pl.1 děláme
Pl.2 děláte
Pl.3 dělaji

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