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"We have a dog and a cat."

Translation:Mamy psa i kota.

December 21, 2015



Why do we use psa not pies?


Because "dog" and "cat" are direct objects of the verb so they have to be in the accusative case. And the accusative of masculine animate nouns is formed by adding -a at the end (and removing -ie- in the case of "pies")


It seems that the accusative form of most masculine animate nouns is the same as the genitive, including in the adjective. Mam małego psa, for example.


I was sure that the accusative was psem and kotem... God i'm lost now


No, those are Instrumental forms, as in "This animal is a cat/dog" (To zwierzę jest kotem/psem).

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