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"Książka o zwierzętach"

Translation:A book about animals

January 12, 2016



Polish is hard.


But, It is beautiful :D


If it was easy, it wouldn't be so satisfying when you get it right.


I totally agree!


When I tap on the word "zwierzętach" in this sentence, I really wish Duolingo would generally not only show the translation but also in which case this word is written and also what the nominative of this word is. I often see a declined noun and have no clue what the "original" word is and why it is declined in this way...kind of frustrating...


Thank you for your suggestion, we will try to implement it. The tip field is limited to 15 characters. We often struggle with this restriction as Polish is more wordy than English.


It's 25 ;) But it's still a very small limit. 15 would make creating many hints almost impossible.

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You may use http://sgjp.pl/ to find the base word by serching for the declined form, and yould find it together with the whole table of declension or conjugation.


a book about "something" ...is locative case?? Could somebody explain me the purpose of locative then :)

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Do not get misguided by the name of the case. This is exactly what locative in Polish is used for (not only, though). In many declension tables of Polish words it is even predefined with the preposition "o".

In Polish you use locative every time when the phrase means "in the subject of". It is not only to express a physical location, but also so to say, "location of interest". It is used when you can answer to questions:
w kim? - in/with/from who/whom?
w czym? - in/inside what?
o kim? - on/about/of who/whom?
o czym? - on/about/of what?

  • Książka o zwierzętach (Loc.) - A book about animals
  • Konferencja o zagrożeniach (Loc.) - A conference on threats
  • Myślę o tobie (Loc.) - I think about you
  • On mówi o tej książce (Loc. x2) - He is talking about that book

But also:

  • Jestem w domu (Loc.) - I am at home
  • Kot jest w pudełku (Loc.) - The cat is in the box
  • Zakochałem się w tobie (Loc.) - I have fallen in love with you
  • Mam w moim synu (Loc. x2) podporę - "I have support in my son", my son is my support
  • W Bogu (Loc.) (jest) nasze zaufanie - In God we trust


I think I'll need some time to get those xD

Dziękukę :for the comment: :)


*Dziękuję, can't edit on mobile


Top drawer explanation. Have a lingot :-)


Dear Friends, to get clear sense of what and why Locative case is used in polish, please read a wikipedia page here: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Polish/Locative_case


what is the rule for nouns following prepositions?


There's no one rule, everything depends on what preposition it is. Different prepositions need different cases. Here "o", when it means "about", needs Locative.


Does not accept "A book of animals." although this would be perfectly acceptable English grammar.


I wanted to write "an animal book," but believed it would not be accepted. What say you.


why is "animal book" not accepted?


In Russian, kniżka o zwieriach but it means "beasts" or in the scientific sense "mammals."

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