"On ciebie nie lubi."

Translation:He does not like you.

December 17, 2015




December 17, 2015


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January 2, 2016


Could one also write "On nie lubi ciebie"? Does the direct object need to be in a specified place in this sentence. Also, when is cie used and when is ciebie?

December 17, 2015


It could, but on ciebie nie lubi is more natural word order. On nie lubi ciebie would put emphasis on ciebie, meaning that he doesn’t like you, but he likes someone else (me, for example).

As for cię / ciebie, in most contexts they are interchangeable. Most commonly ciebie is used at the beginning of the sentence, while cię in the middle and at the end, but that’s no hard rule.

December 17, 2015



I have to disagree at the second paragraph. Long forms of pronouns (mnie (as a dative), ciebie, tobie) are used at the beginning, at the end and can be used in middle of the sentence when we give an emphasis on them. "On nie lubi cię" is not correct (though totally understandable) and should be "on nie lubi ciebie".

Otherwise we use the short forms (mi, cię, ci).

However if the pronoun is the second word and the first word is a short conjunction (like a, i, bo, to, więc) we can use both of the forms.


April 30, 2016


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April 21, 2018


Aha, so "On ciebie nie lubi" and "on nie lubi cię" would be more common word orders?

March 19, 2016


"Ciebie" must be used, if it's a first word of a sentence. In other situations both words can be used.

December 17, 2015


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February 9, 2016


Thanks for the tip on these 2 books. I was looking for resources to help me with the grammar explanations and the webpages I've been using weren't comprehensive enough. Dziękuję

July 11, 2017


Straight outta Star Wars (Episode IV, when they're in the Cantina at the Spaceport and Luke is getting a drink at the bar).

March 19, 2016


Ja ciebie nie lubię albo!

April 24, 2016


... I don't like you either.

July 13, 2016


So, am I right assuming that 'ciebie' is in the genitive (even if accusative and genitive have the same form)?

January 11, 2016


Yes, in this sentence it is in genitive because of negation.

On the other hand, if it was on ciebie lubi, then ciebie would be in accusative.

January 11, 2016


According to my wife, cię is not genitive. Whilst ciebie is both genitive and accusative

August 19, 2016


Both work for both, see this table.

August 19, 2016


What is the difference between cię and ciebie?

January 18, 2016


They both have the same meaning. Ciebie has to be used at beginning, and should be used at the end of the sentence. Cię is more often used in the middle.

January 18, 2016


Thanks. So ciebie is for emphasis?

January 18, 2016


Yes, if it's at the other place than first. By Polish Science Academy:

Long forms of pronouns are obly used in such situations:

  • At the beginning of the sentence

  • At the end of the sentence, while we have strong logic accent ("To się podoba mnie" - I like it (not you, not we, but I)

  • If it's creating a construction with opposition between people ("Zaproszę cie bie, nie jego" - I will invite you, not you.)

  • When pronoun is existing alone, for example when it's an answer. "Komu pożyczył pieniądze? Mnie." - Whom he lent money? Me.

January 19, 2016


As someone who grew up speaking Polish, I'm here to brush up. If someone asked me what that sentence meant in English, I would also translate it to: he dislikes you. Duo marked this as incorrect. The sentence is interchangeable: I do not like you/I dislike you= same sentiment. I've reported this as my answer should have been marked correct.

April 7, 2017


That's right, added now.

But as you noticed already, writing 'dislikes' may be a bit risky, while it probably should be accepted everywhere, it's usually not, at least so far.

April 7, 2017


What difference is there between ciebie and cię ? This really does need a grammar guide.

May 17, 2018


"cię" is the neutral form, "ciebie" is emphatic. In some contexts, only the emphatic is possible, in some others, only the neutral feels natural. Here, in such a word order... I guess both work.

May 18, 2018
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