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"Czy jesteś kobietą?"

Translation:Are you a woman?

December 11, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

What is the purpose of "czy" here? Would "jesteś kobietą?" not be enough?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ajho24
  • 2043

From my limited experience, "czy" indicates a yes/no question.

I think "czy" could be dropped, if you intone the final syllable of the final word in question form (i.e. rising tone).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Metlieb

That's exactly the case. Czy indeed indicates a yes/no question. It can also initiate a subordinate clause: I ask myself whether you are a woman = Pytam się czy jesteś kobietą. Note that when it initiates a subordinate clause czy is necessary.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evementen

You're right, but czy can also give emphasis to the question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris_Rzech

So jesteś kobietą is also gramatically correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Metlieb

Yes, it is. Also note that the use of czy to start a yes/no question is somewhat formal and most Poles don't use in everyday speech, but it's nothing unusual to use it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edguy1

Is czy similar to "est-ce que" in french?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KemotS
  • 1001

Yes, it is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ratwhisperer

this is like russian ли, right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

A bit, only that as far as I understand it is not used very often in Russian anymore (at least it wasn't used often in the course), and in Polish it's very common.

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