"Ten kot lubi dzieci."

Translation:This cat likes children.

January 20, 2016

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I was wondering, I understand cat is a male noun, and seems to work indeed like male here... Could I also have written Ta kot (if the cat was female) and To kot (if I did not know or wanted to make the gender clear) ?

Or is it simply because the noun cat is male and it does not imply any sex differentiation?


Female cat is KOTKA, the noun is feminine. If you don't know the sex of cat you say KOT and then it is always a masculine noun , if you know that the cat is male you still use KOT , and masculine (animated, not personal), grammatical gender. Kitten is kociątko - neuter gender.

With many animals we have "special" nouns for female ones. Sometimes (ex. cow,) we have special nouns for male . Sometimes (ex. pig) we have different names for unspecified gender vs male vs female.

With other animals we have only one word for unspecified sex and we add samica/samiczka, samiec to specify.


Would you use kociątko as a diminutive for a grown cat, or is there a different word, like in English you would say "kitty" or "kitty cat"?


kotek, koteczek are diminutives fot kot, that can be used for adult cats. Kocię is a young cat, and only ised for them, kociątko is diminutive of kocię and only for little young cats. Kociak is augmentative for kocię and used as "normal" word for young cat. ( more often than kocię)

kociak can be used to describe a young flirting woman (casual).


It obviously isn't my kot...

It's so delicious talking kot..... I'll never use cat again, it will be kot forever!


Is ten kot describing a manly cat?


Now after posting the question it shows the comments which have been marked as deleted before that clear up everything... so kot is masculine in polish and feminine in german damn i have to watch out


Why is not dzieci at the accusative?


I would like to know this too.


"Kids" in place of "children" didn't work.


It should have, it's an accepted answer.


(random or just fun fact abt Meh) When I see "..... Likes children" the first thing I think is they like eating them lol

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