"I do not hear that cat."

Translation:Nie słyszę tamtego kota.

February 9, 2016

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Still having problems with the uses of tam, tamtego, tamtej etc can anyone make it simple for me, please?


tam= there, a place. opposite of tu=here.

Tamten/tamto/tamta etc. - different case and gender variants of that/those=the, before a noun, rarely alone.

You can think tamten= tam+ten, etc, most in most cases it works , only accusative female tętamtą.

declension ( masculine noun can have accusative= genitive or accusative= nominative, accusative form of "this"/ "that" need to match)

If you want a simple way to tell when to use which case, there isn't one. But subject is always in Nominative, direct object is often Accusative, and direct object of negation is often Genitive, and never Accusative


When to use ten, ta ,to, tamten, tamta, tamto, tamci, ci, tamtego, tego, tamtej, tej ,and others?


It confuses the hell out of me too!


Question, how are we supposed to know which tamtego/tego to use if duolingo give us no indication of the language rules for them??? Thanks


Well, the idea behind Duolingo is that you should pick the patterns on your own, although there are some more grammar-focused exercises planned - and no, I don't know when they are coming.

For this particular topic, I recommend reading this: https://www.clozemaster.com/blog/polish-demonstrative-pronouns/


Why slysze vs slucham?


To put it simply:
słyszeć – to hear
słuchać – to listen


why isn't it tamta?


In Polish words don't just have different genders, but also grammatical cases, depending on the function the word fulfills in a sentence (just like English he/his/him are three different forms of the same word).

Here "tamtego kota" is the genitive form of "tamten kot". One case may add one of few possible endings to a word, depending on the specific word, so even if the gender and case of two words may match, their endings don't have to.


In simple terms, what is the Genitive form, and when do I use it/how do I recognise it?

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