"Her husband cooks badly."

Translation:Jej mąż źle gotuje.

December 19, 2015

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Is it not possible to have the verb first then the adverb in this sentence? Duolingo didn't allow it for me, but I just want to know whether I'd be able to generally.


Where would a Polish native speaker usually put the adverb źle in this sentence? If not at the end, where is it better placed?


Before the verb it describes.


Ok. This is one point is so helpful. Wont leave my head now!!! :))


Let's treat it more as a 'rule of thumb' though, okay? Or focus on the word "usually" used in the question :D


Yes, ok.

I already noticed somewhere, the adverb dobrze being used after the verb, and alik1989 also commented that "in some sentences it is permissible as it is the word which carries new info"

So 'rule of thumb' it is then.

Thanks for all your other replies on the other threads too. Have read them all and noted!! :)


"Jej mąż gotuje źle" - why not?


złe is adjective, neuter or plural not masculine personal

źle is adverb, which is what you need here.

For the word order- it sounds less natural, but is not incorrect.


Jej mąż źle gotuje = Her husband cooks the evil / Her husband cooks with anger :-)))


Well, not sure if the adverb could mean 'angrily' but your first example doesn't work. Złe can be an adjective or an adverb. But your example would strangely treat it like a noun, and even if there was a noun złe then it would need to decline too, due to the verb gotować :)

Though it would be a neuter noun so maybe not, haha. But anyway, zły/zła/złe has been one of the trickiest words to learn simply because it depends on context more so than most other words.

And now it's an adverb too!! :-/


Yes, I can agree that 'zły' is a problematic one to teach, because its meaning can vary greatly depending on context. In the course update, which is due to be released this summer, we will move this adjective to a later skill, where we will be able to provide less ambiguous and more natural contexts for it.

A small correction: Even though złe and źle look similar, the former is always an adjective, whereas the latter is always an adverb. The adverb is derived from the adjective in a regular manner, by adding the -ie suffix to the stem. Due to phonetic rules, /ł/ merges with /i/ to become l, and /z/ in turn becomes softened (palatalised) by the soft /l/ and thus becomes /ź/.


Ok, understood. Thanks


my answer 'jej mąż gotuje źłe' was accepted


I guess you would get understood, but adverbs need to go before the verb they describe


That is generally true, however, in some contexts it is permissable to move an adverb to the end of a sentence to indicate that it carries new information (the so-called comment).


"She husband"?


You can stay in nominative as this phrase is the 'subject'. However, even in nominative, you need to use a nominative Possesive Pronoun. (My, your, his, her, our, your, their) (Mój, Twój, Jego, Jej, Nasz, Wasz, Ich)

Here it is referring to HER husband, so Jej


"Jej mąż kiepsko gotuje" was rejected


,,Jej mąż kiepsko gotuje,, tak też często się mówi, więc może być czy jest na to inne słowo?


Może być, moim zdaniem to o wiele naturalniejszy wybór, ale kurs nie uczy "kiepski/kiepsko".

"Her husband cooks badly." zachowuje (w miarę) strukturę polskiego zdania, ale nie jest to zgrabny angielski. Naturalniejszym tłumaczeniem (ale totalnie zmieniającym strukturę) byłoby "Her husband is a bad cook", a więc "Jej mąż jest złym kucharzem".

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