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"Potrzebujemy biurka."

Translation:We need a desk.

December 20, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthewSta14

Isn't biurka plural? so desks not desk.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ngfio

Yes, "biurko" is singular, "biurka" is plural, but "biurka" is also the genitive form of singular (see https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/biurko). The verb "potrzebować" is used with the genitive, hence "To jest biurko. Potrzebujemy biurka." = "This is a desk. We need a desk". In plural: "To są biurka. Potrzebujemy biurek" = "These are desks. We need desks".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tom873317

Is there any pattern or rule of thumb for which verbs use the genitive? This is pretty confusing learning new nouns and new verbs at the same time


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ravelien

Yes I wish they'd include this with the notes or something! I can look up how to use the different tenses somewhere else but there's so many different situations where you use one tense or another it's hard to find a good explanation on when to use them.

Well, until then... all hail mowicpopolsku.com haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rimdus

What a difficult language for learning but it's a great language at the same time!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Szymon833415

This should be changed to biurka to make things easier for non-native speakers.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

What should be changed? Also, the answer already says "biurka"...

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