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"Який клас?"

Translation:What grade?

November 13, 2015



Can it not also be класса?

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    First, Ukrainian «клас» is written with just one «с» because it's pronounced with a short consonant.

    Second, «класа» is a genitive case form. Ukrainian nouns have several case forms, and you use different case forms to show different meanings. Genitive case form adds the meaning «of». Also, if you put «клас» in Genitive form, you also have to put «який» in Genitive.

    So, «Якого класа?» would mean 'Of what/which grade?', while «Який клас?» means 'Which grade?'.


    Genitive of клас is not класа, but класу. So there's no класа at all


    Actually, there is «класа». It's just not considered standard in Modern Ukrainian. But it was widely used in the past and is still used among Ukrainians abroad whose ancestors had left Ukraine before the language reforms. http://r2u.org.ua/s?w=%D0%BA%D0%BB%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%B0&scope=all&dicts=all&highlight=on http://www.ridnashkolacleveland.org/2014-2015%20Forms/Pytannia-pravopysu.pdf

    [deactivated user]

      Indeed, thanks for noting!

      The rules for -а/-у are different in Ukrainian and Belarusian (the latter would have kłasa), so I sometimes make mistakes in these. +_+


      Ця форма просто дивна дла мене. Джѧкуѧ за те ото лекцие, то йест цо я хчалем віеджечь, бо то як в полскім, тилко же "класа" би била "z której klasy?"

      [deactivated user]

        Przepraszam, nie wiedziałem, że Pan mówi po polsku. :)


        I didn't know that 'класа' was a masculine tense!(What we call a 'class' in school in the West and in Western Ukraine.) The Ukrainian word 'кляса' was always of the feminine gender.

        The word 'кляс' is used to denote the 'class' of a person not a 'schoolroom'.

        We NEVER use the phrase "Який кляс?" It doesn't make sense and sounds 'incomplete'. We'd say instead "В якій клясі (ви/ти) є?" for "What grade (are you in)?"

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        You described a regional dialect word. It's not being used in common academic Ukrainian.


        In case клас/класа/кляс/кляса (and Polish klasa) don't cause enough confusion, the translation "grade" is American English: it means nothing to many English speakers.

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