10.1 – Review of jezdit and jet ‘to go (by vehicle)’

10.1 – Review of jezdit and jet 'to go (by vehicle)'

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10.1 – Review of jezdit and jet  ‘to go (by vehicle)’

A reminder about the uses of jezdit vs. jet:

indeterminate (jezdit)

determinate (jet)

  • habitual acts of going – use the verb jezdit when you are describing frequent or habitual trips.

Často jezdíme na dovolenou do Alp.

‘We often go on vacation to the Alps.’

Když jsem byla mladší, jezdili jsme každý rok do Chorvatska.

‘When I was younger, we used to go every year to Croatia.’

Až dokončím studium, budu jezdit každý rok někam do zahraničí na dovolenou.

Once I graduate, I will go somewhere abroad every year for vacation.

  • single trip – use the verb jet when you are describing a single trip from point A to point B.

Dneska jedou Pavel a Sára na dovolenou.

Today Pavel and Sára are going on vacation.

Loni jsme jeli na dovolenou do Itálie.

Last year we went on vacation to Italy.

Příští rok pojedeme na dovolenou do Turecka.

‘Next year we’ll go on vacation to Turkey.’

So what does this mean in practical terms with regard to talking about travel? Well, let’s look at the first row, where the difference is between regular going vs. a single trip. We’ll notice that one of our questions we answer is with jezdit – Obvykle jezdíte někam na prázdniny nebo dovolenou? and that the answers to this question all use this form.

On the other hand, if a friend is asking you where you are going on vacation next week/month/whenever, then you would use the verb jet since it refers to a single trip.

The same principles apply to the past tense and future tense. Look at the examples above to see how they are being used to express frequent going vs. a single trip.

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