"Pracownicy kładą dywan na podłodze."

Translation:The employees are putting a carpet on the floor.

January 1, 2016

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I think the most natural translation (in British English) is "laying a carpet". We wouldn't say "on the floor".


Okay, I see the logic... added.


So... When people kładą something somewhere, is it Locative? I thought if it is "where to" (куда) rather than "where" (где), it would be Accusative ((((. Like, "siedzący na podłodze", but "kładący na podłogę". Is it always Locative when we put/place/move something somewhere, or is it specific for kłaść + na?


With such verbs as "kłaść", both versions make sense. Their focus is slightly different, but generally they mean the same. The Accusative form focuses on the action of putting the thing somewhere, the Locative form focuses on where the thing ends up as a result.

I think that the Locative one is more common, but that's only a guess.

Both answers are accepted.


I wrote "The employees are putting down carpet on the floor", which was rejected. But this is how i would say it naturally. I assume the word "down" is being rejected, but if it's implied (seems to me it is), why can't I say it?


I find that "putting a carpet on the floor" is not specific about what the workers are doing with the carpet, whereas "putting carpet on the floor" (no "a") can only be that they are redoing the floor by covering it with carpet.

So "the workers are putting carpet on the floor" should definitely be accepted.


Makes sense, added now.


Is there any reason why the translation "The workmen are putting a carpet on the floor" is wrong?


Seems acceptable (added now), but as "workmen" suggests manual labour, a better word would be "robotnicy".


Could it be "placing a carpet on/onto the floor"?


I'm sort of surprised that podłoga is in the locative vs. the accusative here. "...Putting a carpet on the floor" is perfectly good English but my interpretation of it is "...onto the floor." This sentence could almost make me think the pracownicy are sitting na podłodze and they kładą dywan [into/onto someplace]. Is that not right?

The first image result for "na podłogę" is so the accusative phrasing is possible, but there must be more to know. Based on other sentences in the lesson, I wonder if using the accusative is just bad Polish. As for "na podłodze" image results, most are of people sitting on floors, but there's also a guy laying down tiles, so who knows.


Okay, don't cite me on that, as it's just my impression (as a native, but still), but it can imply, how "well" they are putting said carpet on the floor. You can just drop it on the floor still packed and rolled up (with accusative) or properly lay it to serve its intended purpose (with locative).

Of course in the case of a carpet most people would assume the second meaning anyway regardless of which of two cases you use, so sometimes it's interchangeable. Oh vey.

PS: "Na podłogę" can also mean "for (use on) floor". Your query for above image can refer to the tiles specifically, not an action.


all the first page results in google for "na podłogę" show "what materials to use for the floor" "tiles or wood what is better on the floor", "how to isolate, best material for the floor"

Also if "Kladę dywan na podłogę" - I just bought it and I place it unpacked on the foor Kładę dywan na podłodze - I cerefully put a carpet on the floor unroling it and lacing under the bed legs


We would say, they are laying the carpet.


This works as well.


Dlaczego nie uznało mi odpowiedzi: the employees put a carpet for the floor?


To kwestia użytego czasu. Skoro kładą jeden dywan, to pewnie robią to w danej chwili, a nie mają taki zwyczaj. Dlatego trzeba użyć czasu Present Continuous.


Użyty czas faktycznie nie jest najlepszy, ale nie da się wykluczyć znalezienia kontekstu, w którym Present Simple będzie miał sens. Akceptujemy tutaj Present Simple.

Prawdziwym problemem jest słówko "for", które tu nie ma sensu. To tak jakby powiedzieć "dla podłogi". Powinno być "on the floor" (na podłodze) albo "onto the floor" (na podłogę).


Can you use placing instead of putting?


Yes, it's accepted.


I'd agree. Not for the purpose of arguing with this lesson, but for information. Its more natural to say fitting a carpet or laying a carpet


Possibly. Anyway, those are accepted :)


I find "on the floor" more natural than "on a floor"


So do we, so the main translation says "on the floor".


Is "podłodze" in locative because of the prepostion "na" or dative because of the verb "kładą'? I have the same question regarding putting something "na biurku"


Both "podłodze" and "biurku" are locative. If you ever have doubts about the case, wiktionary is generally a good resource, although you must keep in mind that no word has all seven cases that are all unique.


Thanks. I did check Wiktionary and that was the reason I asked since the locative and dative are identical for those two nouns.


Here's a useful table:


As you can see, 'na' can only be followed by either accusative or locative, but never dative. So locative would be the common denominator here.

Incidentally, we also accept 'na podłogę' (accusative) because both the directional (onto) and the locational (on) interpretation are valid in this context.


Thank you! This is such a cool table!


Ah, sorry. I was thinking about the accusative form when answering your question instead of dative. It doesn't help that Polish names for grammatical cases are completely different in Polish compared to English.


No problem, I knew your heart was in the right place...

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