"Obaj noszą białe spodnie."
Translation:They both wear white trousers.
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I am not sure if those are all but
obydwie for some reason is not yet in that dictionary (N. obydwie- G. obydwu-D. obydwu-A. obydwie-Instr. obydwu-Locative. obydwu)
obaj- two men, obie- two women, oboje man + woman obydwaj - two men, obydwie- two women, obydwoje- man +woman
no difference in meaning between obaj/obydwaj, obie/obydwie, oboje/obydwoje. longer version is less common, according to the dictionary but I prefer them
You fell into the Polish to wear | to be wearing trap - unusually, two completely different verbs in Polish; only to wear is officially taught here.
- Jellei wrote the detailed explanation linked by several users.
- Later I summarised Jellei's essentials.
- alik1989 explains nosić and other Verbs of Motion in concise detail.
[5 Apr 2019 07:15 UTC; +links 08:14, 08:43; ed. 20 Jun 17:42, 15 Nov 12:50]
If you are looking for a concise summary, I once made one myself:
Verbs of movement (there are about ten of those in Polish) show a distinction between habitual and continuous/current action. Nosić is habitual (also called indeterminate), whereas nieść is continuous/current (also called determinate). So, theoretically you would use nieść for "to be wearing", but unfortunately, unlike its counterpart nosić, it doesn't mean "to wear", only "to carry". That's why mieć na sobie is used instead.
Your computer was quicker than mine, but I meanwhile found & added my summary's link.
(to a post just above my summary – only moderators seem to know exact links)
Your excellent Verbs of Motion summary really needs to be added to the (still nonexistent) Tips and notes for
https://www.duolingo.com/skill/pl/Verbs-of-Motion, an exercise I found really confusing at the time. It's good to know that there are less than 10 such verbs: that's a list I could actually learn, in contrast to all the (Im)Perfective Verb forms…
[5 Apr 2019 09:22 UTC; ed. 20 Jun 11:57 UTC]
Both wear white trouser. Was accepted, but shouldn't have been. It sounds like pidgin English.
It's definitely wrong. I've never heard anyone use 'trouser' in singular, before, though it seems that it would be borderline acceptable (though I would stay away from it). However, if you do choose to use the singular form, 'trouser', then you MUST use an article as well - either "Both wear a white trouser" or "Both wear the white trouser".