Just to confirm the rule here... The object takes the genitive in a negative sentence? Otherwise (without the nie) it would be "widzę dziewczynę"? Also I thought the genitive ending was dziewczyny? These cases will the be the death of me. Had no issues with Latin / German, but this is nuts! Thanks for any enlightenment!
- Singular = Widzę dziewczynę. (acc)
- Singular negative = Nie widzę dziewczyny. (gen)
- Plural = Widzę dziewczyny. (acc)
- Plural negative = Nie widzę dziewczyn. (gen)
Hope this helps :)
Great, that's what I thought. So dziewczynki is just interchangeable with dziewczyny? Is it a diminutive?
Dziewczyna - a girl; Dziewczynka - a small girl
Yes, it is indeed a diminutive.
In the plural: dziewczyny - girls; dziewczynki - small girls
A lot of Polish diminutives get that 'k' interjection, you will experience that later on :)
So do I get it right, "dziewczynki" can be used in 2 cases: - "small girls" and - non-diminutive genitive singular form of "girl"? :)
You are right. "Two girls" - "Dwie dziewczynki". It is both singular genetive and nominative plural form of the word "dziewczynka", which is a diminutive form of "dziewczyna".
I am so confused, it seems like this lesson, what I previously thought to be plural, (dwiewczynki, kobiety, zupy) is no longer plural! Did I misunderstand previously?
Sov, why is the right answer for this sentence "a girl" instead of "girls"?
"widzieć" (to see) takes Accusative. When a verb that takes Accusative is negated, it changes to Genitive.
The Genitive of singular "dziewczynka" is "dziewczynki". The Genitive of plural "dziewczynki" would be "dziewczynek".
Actually... it is accepted right now, so Duo should have accepted it, but it's wrong, it shouldn't be accepted. "cannot" makes sense here, "can not" does not. Removed.
Thanks for these discussions. I put "I cannot see the girls." which was not accepted. I thought the problem was in "cannot", and it took me a while to find out the problem was in "girls".
Be honest with me...if i don't fully understand what you're all talking about when you refer to different forms and cases ie non-diminutive genitive etc..Will i Still learn the language eventually like a child?