"What is your answer?"

Translation:Jaka jest twoja odpowiedź?

December 12, 2015

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When would you use the word "Co" instead of "Jaka"? And if you say: "Co jest twoja odpowiedzia.", why is "odpowiedz" in the accusative case? Also, how can I type letters with diacritical marks?


The first question is one that was always very difficult for me to answer. br0d4 explained it like this:

"If the "What" stays on its own, without any noun phrase or a pronoun, like in "what is this?", "what do you want?", "what did you receive?", "what do you miss" - then Polish should use "co" or "czego" (depending on the case needed by the verb).

If there is some noun phrase or pronoun mentioned ("what colour do you like?", "what is your question?", "what people are they?", "what is it like being a soldier?") - in Polish it should be a form of "jaki" (or "jak" in the last example)."

This is still not a perfect explanation, but the best that we came up with, I guess. I personally like to call "jaki" and its forms an 'adjectival what', but that's also far from perfect.

By the way, as you took some Spanish, I believe that "jaki" can be compared to "cuál". Although "cuál" also incorporates "który" (which).

"Co jest twoją odpowiedzią?" does not sound good to me at all. I'm not sure if it even should be accepted. It sounds as if the answer was supposed to be something like "Moją odpowiedzią jest atak!" (My answer is an attack/to attack!) said by a general/politician/sports coach. And "odpowiedzią" is not Accusative, it's Instrumental. As you could see in this 'attack' example, it's actually not much different from a simple "X is Y" sentence.

Well, it depends on what device you use when learning Polish. On a computer, you can simply install the Polish keyboard (most people use "Polski programisty" - "Programmer's Polish"), and then to type diacritics you press either left ctrl+left alt and the 'basic letter', or right alt and the basic letter. Ź is under X, as Z already has Ż. If your main keyboard is English, you can just use Polish one instead, it has everything in the same places.

On a phone you can basically do the same (and then you hold a button longer and wait for a 'menu' to unfold), but I can recommend installing SwiftKey - you can have up to 5 languages on one keyboard, with all diacritics.


Well, the only conceivable reason is that "odpowiedź" is a feminine word. I am not native, so one might come along and say otherwise. Words like "Miłość" is feminine and it been my understanding that words that end with with "ść" and "ź" are feminine


I'm afraid that such endings don't make the gender obvious. "miłość" is feminine, but for example "gość" is masculine.


I was specifically waiting for you to come along and correct the record. It doesn't actually answer Aytacz's question though. Is "odpowiedź" feminine?


Haha, right? But yes, I'd like to know how to clarify the genfer as well- in spanish its easy, but polish...


Good question, the form "Jaka" is very common in polish as "what"


Jaka is more like 'similarity' or 'approximation' expressions, I think. Jaka mężczyzna jesteś? What kind of a man are you? This is asking for an approximate comparison to other men


Jaka literally means "What kind of"


Question! Is "dź" at the end of odpowiedź devoiced? I can't tell with the TTS. I've heard previously that voiced consonants at the end of polish verbs can be devoiced (and if this is the case, "dź" would be pronounced like "ć?")


Yeah, I guess... remember that this is not really conscious.


I understand. Just trying to get by bearings. If I hear a word with a "ć" sound at the end, like bądź, it just helps to know the word could be spelled with dź instead. Because then I try to pronounced words like twarz, ząb, też, and many others all wrong! Although I do admit, a voiced consonant seems to be more important/distinguishable than its unvoiced counterpart when it's at the beginning of a word, not the end.


Does a Pole say "wąs" or "wąsy" for the bushy hair underneath one's nos?


Generally the word is 'wąsy', but 'wąs' is used as well... it's kinda like thinking of moustache as one entity? I don't know.


Why is odpowiedź feminine?


I don't really know a better answer than "it just is". But in general a huge part of nouns ending with softened consonants (like -ć, -ń, -ź) are feminine, you need to be careful with them and preferably check the gender on Wiktionary or in another dictionary.


I reached for "Jak masz odpowiedź" — does this make any sense?


It's feminine accusative, so it should be "jaką". Although it looks quite different from the original sentence, I would accept such a translation.


Yeah, that means "What answer do you have?", as if we were handed pieces of papers with different 'answers'.


I guess we just have to learn the sentence as it is. If you asked the same in Hungarian, it would sound pretty much like "tell me your opinion about your own answer" to which one could say "oh my answer is excellent of course". But then in Romanian you ask "which is the difference" instead of "what is the difference" so... sometimes you just have to give up with looking for one to one matches.


Why is it not "Jaka odpowiedz jest twoja"?


That's like "What answer is yours?", and I think it sounds odd in both languages.

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