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"Nigdy nie pijemy."

Translation:We never drink.

January 27, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OpalFeciat

A sentence you NEVER hear in Poland :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonniKaitale

Do you always have to you use nie with nigdy? So what does it sound if you just say "nigdy pijemy"? You know that in english you cannot make a double negation. For example it's wrong if you say, I don't never drink. So in Polish you should use double negation? Dziękuje bardzo! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Inquiss

That's the common mistake Polish people make when speaking English (they still use the double negation). In Polish, it is necessary to use it with words like "nigdy", "nikt", etc.

A funny thing, the negations can go infinitely. There's a legendary Polish sentence, probably impossible to be translated: Nikt nigdy nie zrobił niczego niepotrzebnego. (Literally: Nobody never didn't do nothing unuseful. Ouch, my head.).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Orangus

Tanslation: Nobody ever did anything useful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/immery

nobody ever did anything unnecessary.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PonyDesu

You need to use double negation here. Nigdy pijemy doesn't sound correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

The English sentence would be assumed to refer to alcohol. Would the Polish version be taken the same way?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Inquiss

Yes, it would. People are generally obliged to drink water (or they simply die), so the only other thing one can have in mind - is alcohol.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lissy122428

I put 'we don't ever drink' first but was wrong. Is that not the same thing?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emmacuvox.

"We never ever drink" is wrong. Doesn't double never make it stronger?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

But there's no need to make it stronger. It's a neutral 'never'. You could translate "never ever" as "nigdy, przenigdy".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emmacuvox.

Dziękuję! This makes it clear.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/va-diim

In Russian, Nikogda nie pjom


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zorrosombra

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