"I do not see this cat."

Translation:Nie widzę tego kota.

December 17, 2015



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?

December 17, 2015

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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)

December 17, 2015


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

May 8, 2016


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

May 22, 2016


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

July 24, 2016


Why is it not koty?

January 12, 2017


"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.

January 13, 2017


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

January 13, 2017


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

January 16, 2017


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.

January 17, 2017


why not tej ??

March 16, 2017


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

March 16, 2017
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