Case-ending Exercises
to be used in conjunction with the film
Jára Cimrman ležící, spící
Masako U. Fidler
Brown University

Before you start these exercises

The fill-in exercises are for reviewing the functions of cases and case endings. These exercises should NOT be done by simply listening to the video and intuitively filling the blanks with whatever you feel is there. Careful listening is important, but we must remember that we may recognize sounds in a way that may be different from the Czech native speaker because our native sound system is wired differently from that of a Czech speaker. For example, the sound -ej is often registered by the English native speaker as a long é; the short -y in Czech sounds like a short -e to the English speaker. Note that some blanks may not contain anything (zero-endings).

The most important point is to combine your ear and your grammar knowledge. You must be able to explain why you put down the form. A typical detailed explanation should run like the following:

“this blank should be filled with form X because…
(a) the word has Y-grammar function in the sentence/has a meaning Y
(b) the word belongs to the Z-type noun/adjective/verb/... or the word is a hard/soft declension masc. animate noun”

Sample: Za rybník........(1). doprava, jsme 120km jinde, tak...
(a) Za rybníkem doprava,
(b) za plus the instrumental case to denote location behind something
(c) rybník is a hrad-type noun; or rybník is a hard delension in animate masc. noun; the instrumental singular is rybníkem

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