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"Are you a woman?"

Translation:Czy jesteś kobietą?

December 21, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/whateverrrr1234

Which case is kobieta in here?


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

It's in the Instrumental case. The verb to be is almost always followed by the instrumental.

Look at the grammar notes underneath the 'Defining' skill lessons for more explanation; they're really helpful! :)


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

Would there be a difference if you just said, Jesteś kobietą? instead of Czy jesteś kobietą??


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

It may not be clear that it's a real question, it could be possibly interpreted as "What? You're a woman?".

But personally I think that it sounds best either as "Jesteś kobietą?" or "Czy ty jesteś kobietą?". Using "czy" while omitting the pronoun sounds a bit strange to me here. But it may just be my own opinion.


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

Why kobieta and not kobietem here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/va-diim

"-em" ending is on a masculine noun in instrumental case. "Kobieta" is a feminine noun, so the instrumental case ending is "-ą."

"kobietą"


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

Is "czy" the origin of "cxu" in Esperanto?


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

Why it is not Kobieta?


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

because you use instrumental case after "jesteś". And instrumental case of kobieta is "kobietą"

you could read tips and notes here: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/pl/Defining


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/petklu27

Why don't they put it as "Czy ty jesteś kobietą" instead? Since you see the previous example was with "ty"..help


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/va-diim

Because jesteś already means "you are," so it sounds redundant in Polish to say ty jesteś unless you are emphasizing ty for a particular reason.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lija611373

Where do you find the Grammar Notes when onky using the app?

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