"I remember my dad."
Translation:Pamiętam mojego tatę.
I am still having trouble understanding when to use moj vs mojego. What is the grammar here?
"Mój" with Nominative. "Mojego" with Accusative. You use "pamiętać" with Accusative so "mojego" is a correct form.
"mój tata" [Nominative] -> "mojego tatę" [Accusative]
Makes total sense – thank you! In retrospect, I can't figure out why that wasn't obvious to me.
But if a noun doesn't change form you should use "ten". Most inanimate masculine nouns don't change form in Accustaive.
Yes, but "ten", other pronouns, adjectives don't change as well. To masculine animate nouns you add "-ego".
Can you leave mojego out and just say Pamiętam tatę? I know this can be done in other parts of the course.
Somehow it sounds worse to me here, not that probable, but I can't justify it. Added.
"pamiętać" (to remember) takes Accusative. "tata" denotes a person, so it is an animate noun. Accusative of masculine nouns is the only situation when it matters whether the noun is animate or not. If it is, its Accusative is identical to Genitive, if it's not, its Accusative is identical to Nominative.