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"Oni nie lubią tej kawy."

Translation:They do not like this coffee.

December 11, 2015



I really don't get why 'kawy' is in the genitive and not the accusative. Am I missing something? I'm assuming 'tej' plays a role here.


The object of a negated sentence switches from accusative to genitive.

oni lubią tę kawę → oni nie lubią tej kawy


Oh dear Polish...


How about "They don't like her coffee." That should be kawy still, not jej kawę?


It will still be in the genitive case, because of the negation (nothing to do with the demonstrative adjective, possessive pronouns etc.)

"Oni nie lubią tej kawy (gen.)" - this coffee "Oni nie lubią jej kawy (gen.)" - her coffee

I hope I got the right word for "her" here, but if not the point is that it has no effect on the case of "coffee".

In fact, its the other way about - the case of the noun decides the case of any adjectives or other modifiers (is that the term?) like "this", "hers" etc.


It didnt accept 'don't' rather it wanted 'do not'


That's strange, because don't is accepted automatically, we don't have to put it as an answer ourselves... must have been a bug.


My mind is bending now. So I can't say Oni nie lubią tę kawę?


Correct. Because when negations occur, the object in the accusative -> genative


Plus, even if positive - it would never be as written above in Accusative, would it? My keyboard doesn't allow me to type the "e" and "a" with the tail...so, in other words, if it were the positive statement: They like this coffee, wouldn't it be "Oni lubia (with a tail) TA (a with a tail, not E with the tail) KAWE (E with a tail", Correct?


Almost. It IS "ę". Even if a lot of natives would make a mistake of using "tą".

For "ta", the Accusative is "tę" and Instrumental is "tą". It actually should be very easy to remember, as it perfectly agrees with the feminine noun with which it works: Accusative "tę kawę", Instrumental "tą kawą". But a lot of people forget about it. Which doesn't make their version correct, anyway.

For "tamta" however, both Accusative and Instrumental are "tamtą". Also not hard to remember.


On the "type what you hear" version of this question the audio doesn't sound right (even to my untrained ear).

It sounds like: "Oni nie lubią tę kawę"

It definitely doesn't sound like: "Oni nie lubią tej kawy"

Have reported.


Well, it sounds fine on my side, and there's only one report about the audio sounding wrong...


Why is the ending of the genitive of kawa, kobieta and mężczyzna 'y', but that of dziewczynka 'i'. Just to put off people learning Polish?


Phonetics. -ky or -gy aren't endings that you can find in Polish.


I wrote the correct answer and is marked wrong


Then it probably wasn't the correct answer, most likely it had some audio. If you really are certain, then we need a screenshot as a proof so we can investigate.


Does tej refer only to objects, not persons?


"tej" can refer to any feminine singular noun, e.g. "Oni nie lubią tej kobiety" (They do not like this woman).

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