"Starzy ludzie nie słyszą dobrze."

Translation:Old people do not hear well.

December 28, 2015



How come some of the adjectives have an extra z? e.g. "stary" or "starzy", "dobry" or "dobrzy" How do you know when to use one or the other?

December 28, 2015


Why vote this guy down for asking a question? Especially when the rules haven't been explained yet. At this stage in the development of the Polish course on duolingo, apart from the first section, all that is possible is learning by example, like a child does naturally when he/she learns a language. If the rules are not being explained, people are going to have questions like this. I know I do.

February 3, 2016


First is singular, second is plural, e.g.:

'stary człowiek' - 'starzy ludzie'

'dobry człowiek' - 'dobrzy ludzie'

December 28, 2015


Thanks, so is it ungrammatical to say "dobri ludzie"? Do adjectives decline with "zy" instead of "i" after the letter r?

December 28, 2015


This is way more complicated, generally speaking, adjectives that have R before the Y ending will change R to RZ for the masculine personal plural. Polish has 2 types of plural in the nominative case, one is the regular plural, which happens to be the same as the neutrer singular, so dobre jedzenie, dobre kanapki. But in case the noun is masculine personal, like ludzie, the last consonant becomes soft and according to some rules, the may Y changes into I. Just another example of Polish being super friendly to newcomers :)

January 10, 2016


this is why we can't have nice things

February 17, 2016


Yup. Impossible to be friendlier.

January 29, 2016


Is "dobrze" the adverb form of "dobry"?

May 19, 2016


Yes, it means "well".

May 21, 2016


I answered "Old people do not hear good". I know it might not be very good translation in English, but i also think that it's not incorrect. English is not my native language, so let me know what you think.

January 17, 2016


'good' is an adjective which can be used to describe nouns, not verbs.

Here, you need an adverb, which is 'well'.

January 17, 2016


So just to clarify dobre=good dobrze=well Right?

February 6, 2016


Thank you for the clarification.

January 18, 2016


Why would "Old people do not listen well" be incorrect?

February 18, 2016


Because 'hear' and 'listen' are two different verbs. For example they could be able to hear you without listening to you. The Polish translation would be 'Starzy ludzie nie słuchają dobrze'.

February 18, 2016


This sentence is rather sad.

February 14, 2018


Is "dobrze" a special case here, or can you use adjectives as adverbs all the time?

August 13, 2018

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"dobrze" simply isn't an adjective, but an adverb :)

August 13, 2018


"Old people don't hear good" was wrong, why?

April 11, 2019


Good is an adjective, you need an adverb here.

April 11, 2019
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