does that mean that chlopiec is actually neuter ? Because I've learned the cases table and the only instance when in the accusative a word ends in a is if it's plural neuter. But however chlopiec and pies are supposed to be masculine ?
It's definitely masculine and masculine animate nouns generally end with -a in Accusative.
Hah, good question. Well... in theory it should be semantically. I mean, all words for people and animals are animate. But there are also a lot of words that are considered grammatically animate without a real reason. Those are mostly in foods (especially fruits and vegetables) and new technologies, but not only. Also there is some disagreement, there may always be a percentage of people that will consider them inanimate. Fruits and vegetables are the ones that are really well established as animate, though.
Nice! I always have a hard time explaining cases to people, even this polish girl i live with! Usually i use the example "the dog threw the ball" and "the ball threw the dog" and have people explain the difference to me
Rather weak audio. Difficult to spell what you can barely HEAR !!
"chłopca" is the accusative form of "chłopiec." The accusative form being used here because the noun (boy) is having something done to it (being seen).
I'm really confused, I know the table of the cases and it indicates nowhere that these two masculine nouns (pies and chlopiec) end with a when in the accusative.
nominative chłopiec chłopcy
genitive chłopca chłopców
dative chłopcu chłopcom
accusative chłopca chłopców
instrumental chłopcem chłopcami
locative chłopcu chłopcach
vocative chłopcze chłopcy
Similarly, pies is psa in genitive/accusative