"Tak, on je jabłko."

Translation:Yes, he is eating an apple.

December 11, 2015

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I speak Serbo-croatian and got a little too cocky and answered: "Yes, He is an apple' (on je jabuka) lol


I was learning Serbian language recently and did the same mistike xD


and so begins the confusion of the Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Icelandic/ speakers


Just what I thought! I was learning Swedish before and I got so confused when I saw this...


How would you say "Yes, he eats apples", not that he is currently eating one?

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A common variant would be "Tak, on je jabłka".

But some verbs have forms that stress out that an activity is repetitive from time to time, and "to eat" is one of them, so more strictly we can say "Tak, on jada jabłka", which means "Yes, he eats apples (from time to time; sometimes)".

More on that: "Aspect of Verbs in Polish, Verbs of Singular, Multiple and Completed actions" https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/12724322


Yes he is eating an apple. Right he eats an apple.


OK, I guess we can add "Right".


Would this be the same for countable and uncountable? As in, "he eats apple/the apple/an apple"?

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"Tak, on je jabłko" - "Yes, he is eating an apple" (just any apple). But also, if in previous sentence there was something about some apple, we may assume that it is the same apple: "Yes, he is eating the apple" (that we spoke about). You may also stress it more, using a pronoun "to" (the mentioned, this, this one - singular, neutral gender) or "tamto" (that, the other one - also singular, neutral gender): "Tak, on je to jabłko" - would be "Yes, he is eating the apple" or "Yes, he is eating this apple" (that we spoke about).

There is a vast range of pronouns in Polish. In this very case, the demonstrative pronouns are to be used. See also (general) Polish_grammar#Pronouns ; and (detailed): Polish_pronouns or Język_polski_-_zaimki

Also, please note, that in Polish there is no formal distinction between Present Continuous and Simple Present. "Tak, on je jabłka" - "Yes, he is eating apples" (now), "Yes, he eats the apples" (he eats every day the apples that are stored in his pantry), or depending on context may mean "Yes, he eats apples" (but not pears).

The same way for uncountable "Tak, on je ryż" - "Yes, he is eating rice" / "Yes, he eats rice".

I hope I helped. I am not sure If I put it clearly in English...


Br0d4: you have explained it so clearly, man. Thank you so much. You actually have a great sense of teaching. GOD Bless the creators of Duolingo.


i wrote Yes he eats apple. was marked correct but said i missed a space, meaning i never used the word (An) in my answer. If im asked does your son eat apple , id reply yes he eats apple. So how would a Polish person say ( Yes he eats apple)


Well, Polish doesn't have articles, so if "Yes, he eats apple" was a correct English sentence, it would be translated into Polish the same way. But it's not a correct sentence in English without "an" or "the".

Interesting, on my side it shows that your answer should have been rejected.

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