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"Nasi chłopcy i nasze dziewczynki."

Translation:Our boys and our girls.

January 18, 2016



Would a Polish speaker always use this construction -- a separate description for each noun -- or is this just a learning example? That is, would a Polish speaker ever be able to say something like "nasi chłopcy i dziewczynki" (our boys and girls) ? .


At least in russian both forms are acceptable, so I suggest in Polish. But I would like to know it for sure.


I would like to know this, too.


Why is this described as "plural masculine" (nasi) vs "plural" (nasze)? Not "plural masculine" and "plural feminine"? Or "plural masculine" and "plural feminine and neuter"?


There are two possible genders in plural: masculine personal and everything else. 'Nasi' is the masculine personal form, meaning it can only be applied to masculine nouns which describe people (e.g. 'nasi chłopcy' - our boys, 'nasi ludzie' - our people - even though the group of people may contain women, 'człowiek' is a masculine noun).

Everything else goes with 'nasze', e.g. 'nasze psy' - our dogs (even though 'pies' is masculine it is not personal), 'nasze dziewczyny' - our girls, 'nasze krzesła' - our chairs etc.

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Where is the z gone from sz in nasi


It's not z gone, it's sz changing to ś. (s before "i" always sounds like "s"). Those are very different sounds in Polish, but learners tend to have trouble with hearing the difference.

nominative plural masculine personal of adjectives softens the last consonant (if possible). the same thing happens with "nasz, wasz". Sometimes those shifts are more "visible" "brzydKi-brzydCy (ugly), drogGi-droDZy" (expensive/dear). and sometimes they are only "audible" "ładny-ładni" (n before i is "ń")


How do you pronounce "ń" ?


i hear it as a kind of nyə sound like in seÑora, or 'NYeeaahh... not that interested.' sloń and koń are weird to say because of this. (no expert, learning too btw.)

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