"Jak masz na nazwisko?"

Translation:What is your last name?

February 8, 2016

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Just to add, I think that this can also be translated into English as "What is your surname".


Of course, it works.


in Polish, some of them don't ask Jak masz na nazwisko?, but Jak się nazywasz?


Jak się nazywasz? usually prompts the full name answer.


What is your name is not improper and a common question here. There again with interpretations in foreign languages, it's often difficult to come up with the proper terminology. I constantly find mysel for the sake of getting an answer corret using terms I would never use in every day conversations, this is most evidenced when I get something wrong because in English it translates into being said backwards. Station subway in the clean sentence being a prime example of a backward translation. In English we saywould say metro stacja.


So I checked the grammar of this sentence and "nazwisko" seems to stay in the Nominative here. "Na" would normally put it in the acc. or loc. case (probably loc. here because of lack of motion).

So I'm assuming this is simply because it's an expression, or some archaic usage? Or am i misreading the grammar....

BTW info on "naswisko" including gender (neut.) and declension: "https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nazwisko"

Whoops, I just noticed from the declension table that it "naswisko" could be accusative, ignore the first two paragraphs. So it seems that this expression is using the acc. (even though theres no motion per se).

The same with:

"Jak masz na imię?" https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/imi%C4%99



The second part is correct. but there are more of na+accusative, in figurative meaning , I will come back when I find out the rule. ( but it translates often to "for" in my mind- literally "what do you have for name")

Found this might be helpful http://en.pons.com/translate?l=enpl=na


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Prepositions cannot be followed by nominative or vocative.


this makes sense, in any language with cases


The computer got me again, it refused surname. That is a confidence killer.

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Ahhh. Stay bold my friend. : )


"jak" just means "how" (in what way), while "jaki" is the 'adjectival what' (often also "what [kind/type/sort] of").

The literal translation of the Polish phrase is something like "How do you have for the surname" or similar.


Thanks - it is interesting that 'jak' was not introduced as part of the 'questions' module but snuck in here later.

Also interesting that 'jak', when declined, can produce 'jaki' - does that not cause confusion between what/how? Or does context generally take care of that?


True, it may look strange in the "People" skill :D But it was put here to make it possible to ask "What's your name/surname".

I wouldn't say that "jaki" is a form of "jak". And I don't think it creates any confusion... well, for the natives, at least ;)


I would say jak is synonymous with how as in how are you.


I would naturaly translate the English question like ' Jakie masz nazwisko? ' or ' Jakie jest twoje nazwisko? '. Is it wrong?


Questions "Jakie masz nazwisko?" and "Jakie jest twoje nazwisko" ask about the characteristics of the name (last name, family name), not the name itself:

Jakie masz nazwisko?/Jakie jest twoje nazwisko? - What is your name like? Mam ładne/długie/pospolite nazwisko - I have a pretty/long/common name
Moje nazwisko jest ładne/długie/niezwykłe - My name is nice/long/unusual

Jak się nazywasz? / Jak się pan/pani nazywa? - What is your name?/family
name/last name/surname?/Sir/Ma'am, what is your last name/surname?
Nazywam się Jan Kowalski/Ewa Kowalska - My full name is Jan Kowalski/ Ewa Kowalska/ My last name/family name/surname is Kowalski/Kowalska

Jak masz na imię?/Jak pan/pani ma na imię? - What is your first/given name?


Na pytanie "Jak się nazywasz?" odpowiada się pełnym imieniem (najpierw) i nazwiskiem (potem). "Nazywam się Dorota Jarosz.", a nie "Nazywam się Jarosz."


It's... unusual, I think. Not wrong, but kinda weird.


I wrote 'What is your surname?' and it said me that it's not correct because there should be 'last name'...


Perhaps you had a typo somewhere? Why the main English answer has "last name", "surname" is definitely accepted, it seems that your answer should have worked.

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