Why aren't these split up more? I feel like I'm learning 10 formal ways to say "you" at the same time...
Here's a list of formal yous in nominative case, depending who you're talking to:
one man - 'pan'
one woman - 'pani'
a group of men - 'panowie'
a group of women - 'panie'
a mixed-gender group - 'państwo'
Yes, I agree. It wouldn't be a bad idea to split this lesson up into two or three smaller segments; to better show the different forms of formal you and what it does with a verb.
Also, I wouldn't mind learning which basic phrases to (not) use in formal situations, e.g. not cześć, dzięki, jak się masz or hej, but dzień dobry etc. It's already going in that direction, but it could use more examples and an explanatory text.
I think a general greetings section wouldn't go amiss; in what situations do you say "siema" vs "cześć", or what's the difference between "jak się masz", "co tam u ciebie" and "co słychać" regarding level of formality and how do you typically respond to each?
Yeah, if someone wants to explain to me how I can clearly figure out the difference between dopełniać and biernik, that would be great. "Kogo czego" and "Kogo co" -- which gives not much to work with.
Genetive is the "possesive" form, but as this shows, it's so much more. Thanks. I am reading it right now
Thanks for the confirmation it is genitive. But if so, why not Państwa?
It's the 'who' part that takes Genitive - it's the object that is being looked for ;) "państwo" is just the subject of the sentence.