"They hear a horse."

Translation:One słyszą konia.

January 19, 2016



why konia and not kon

January 19, 2016


First of all, 'koń' is the direct object of this sentence, so you need (usually) the accusative case.

For masculine animate (i.e. describing living things) nouns, the accusative is the same as genitive. Genitive for masculine animate and neuter nouns ends with '-a', hence 'konia' (ń becomes ni because you can't have ń in front of a vowel).

January 19, 2016


What in the world are masculine animate, accusative, genitive, and neiter nouns?

April 20, 2016


In Polish there are three types of nouns which are called "gender": masculine, feminine and neuter. "Animate" means just "living" so masculine animate nouns name people and animals. Accusative and Genitive are cases. You can read more about them for example here: http://mowicpopolsku.com/polish-grammar/cases/ or here: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Polish/Noun_cases

Here you can find a simplified chart of declension: https://i.imgur.com/NjFhVJV.jpg

April 20, 2016


Why doesn't Duolingo teach us this? I feel like this is never something I'll understand without additional research on my own.

September 24, 2016


It does teach us, but only on the website. There there are grammar files that explain this quite well.

June 8, 2018


when is hear and when listen?

August 21, 2016


You "listen" to something/someone actively, but you just "hear" because your ear catches the sound.

August 22, 2016


thank you!

August 23, 2016
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