"Czy człowiek to zwierzę?"

Translation:Is a human an animal?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/babbeloergosum
babbeloergosum
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Tak.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samiwise
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Come on people swallow your ego and give this man more likes. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wickowicz
wickowicz
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If = jeśli (jeżeli) at all. If we say "if human = animal" - "Jeśli człowiek to zwierzę", must be some addition to this sentence, for example: "Jeśli człowek to zwierzę, jestem kotem." - "If a human is an animal, I am a cat." That's why "czy" isn't "if". In that sentence without question will be: "Człowiek to zwierzę." - "A human is an animal". To make a question we need to add the word "czy" to the Polish sentence: "Czy człowiek to zwierzę?", and to change the word's positions in the English sentence: "Is a human an animal?". That's why, "czy" isn't "is". In this example we see, that the constructions of making questions is different in Polish and English. I can't translate "czy" in English literally. I'm sorry for my mistakes in English. P.S. If somebody knows Russian, "czy" is "ли" in Russian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/immery
immery
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you are right, I was thinking about if in relative speech, (he asked if a human is an animal), and forgot the more common if= jeżeli.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wickowicz
wickowicz
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I understand. I hope my explanation will be useful for learners of Polish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gijira

does this question work the same way all other questions work in esperanto

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/babbeloergosum
babbeloergosum
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Yes, looks like Zamenhof borrowed his cxu, indicating a yes/no-question, from Polish czy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Schkatz
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If czy is "is" and "to" is "is", literally this sentence would sould like is human is animal?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/immery
immery
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czy is "if" or question word for Yes/No question. To is a word that means "this" but replaces is/are in some sentences.

Literally "If human=animal."

2 years ago
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