"I do not see this cat."

Translation:Nie widzę tego kota.

December 17, 2015

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When I want to say "this cat," why can't I say "ten" instead of "tego"? Is it something with the negatives or the case?

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Both :D

'Widzieć' requires a noun in accusative case, 'nie widzieć' - genitive. Demonstratives in Polish also declines and must agree with the noun, so they must take a correct form.

As 'kot' is animate masculine, the acc and gen are the same, and so are the demonstratives: 'Widzę/nie widzę tego kota'. A better example would be a masculine non-animate noun, for example 'stół' ('table'): 'Widzę ten stół (acc)/nie widzę tego stołu(gen)


Wow... this looks to me, Pole, complicated as well.


Why is this not "tej" instead of "tego"?


because of gender. tej is fem (the genitive form of "ta") and tego is masc ("ten"). so "ten kot" becomes "tego kota".


Was also confused with this :D. Kota sounds feminine.


Why is it not koty?


"koty" is plural Nominative or Accusative.

"widzieć" (to see) takes Accusative. But when a verb which took Accusative is negated, it now needs Genitive. So even if the sentence was "I do not see these cats", it would be "Nie widzę tych kotów", with Genitive.

"kota" is the Genitive of "kot". It's also identical to Accusative, but that's not the place to discuss it.


Oh I thought it was a feminine word; oops! Thanks for the help!


when using widzie, why not use widziem? I thought self-describing things were ending in M?


The 3rd person is "widzi", not "widzie".

The 1st person is "widzę".

There is more than one pattern of conjugation. True, there are 3rd person forms that end with -ie (like "idzie"), and there are 1st person forms that end with -m ("czytam"). -ę is the most common ending though, I think.


"kot" is masculine, the masculine Genitive pronoun is "tego".


"Kota" it's not a masculine animate noun, shouldn't be "tej" (genitive) instead of tego (accusative)?


The basic form of that noun is "kot". It is a masculine noun because it ends with a consonant, and it is animate because it describes an animal. But the 'animate' part is irrelevant here, because we have Genitive here. "tego", apart from being Accusative for masculine animate, is also Genitive for masculine (any) and for neuter gender.

So you got it right with Genitive, but the noun here is "kot" and it's masculine, so feminine "tej" doesn't work.


Why widzę and not widzą?


"widzą" means "they see", not "I see".

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