Word of the Day

Friday, September 14, 2012

Naproti plus genitive

I've recently heard naproti kostela, opposite the church, with the genitive, instead of standard naproti kostelu, with the dative, which reminded me of Russian protiv, against, which requires the genitive. This text, in Czech, says that naproti with the genitive is dialectal and cannot be assigned to a German or French influence, as it appears in Moravian dialects without such influence, but rather should be interpreted as close in meaning to vedle (beside) plus genitive.

I talked about protiv here.

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