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"Jestem dziadkiem!"

Translation:I am a grandfather!

December 23, 2015



I can't help but notice that 'dziadek' takes the neuter ending in the Instrumental case. I'm assuming that the word is masculine. Does it take the neuter ending because of the ending part of the word, '-dek'? Or is it something entirely different?


"em" or "iem" are the endings for both masc. and neut. Instr.

you use "em" except when the stem ends in a velar (g or k), when you use "iem". There's a spelling rule in Polish that you should try and avoid "e" after velars...

"The letter e is usually separated from a preceding k or g by i,"

Swan, Oscar (2008-10-12). Polish Verbs & Essentials of Grammar, Second Edition (Verbs and Essentials of Grammar Series) (Kindle Location 201). McGraw-Hill Education. Kindle Edition.

The notes about the instrumental case back in those exercise were a bit sketchy a while back but they've tightened them up a bit since...


Człowiek takes the neuter ending also and it's masculine, maybe they are exceptions?


According to this wikipedia article, it is an irregular noun (scroll down passed 'Neuter Nouns'), but possibly only in the plural sense. As far as I can tell, it doesn't explicitly tell what gender the word is, or how it declines. I think it may be because of hard/soft sounds, but I am not entirely sure. Article: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_morphology#Nouns


I read somewhere in the comments that the words ending in 'k' or 'g' take 'iem' in the instrumental. It is because of 'e' in 'dek' but I don't know why exactly :)


It is not because of the 'e' in '-dek' but because of 'k' and 'g'. If they are the last consonants of a word then they are never followed by a single 'e' or 'y'. If the suffix normally begins with 'e' it becomes 'ie' and if it normally begins with 'y' it becomes 'i'.


Well, the youngest woman to give birth ever wasn't even 6 year old, so technically, you can become one before even becoming a teenager… :P


I think that's the only time that's ever happened. You can get pregnant at like 12 or 13, so if you and your child start having sex at a very young age, you could be a grandparent at 24!


Yup! My cousin was a grandparent by age 30. We're just waiting to see if he becomes a great grandfather by 45... Likely by 50!


Am i the only one who confuses dzieckiem with dziadkiem? They sound similar when spoken fast.

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