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"Lubisz czerwony?"

Translation:Do you like red?

February 16, 2016



In this sentence, is "czerwony" functioning as a noun?


I'd say it functions more as a nounless adjective. The correct noun form for red would be „czerwień”.


Why does Polish need nouns and adjectives for colours? Example, please.)


It doesn't 'need' the nouns, we just have them. Using them seems sophisticated, also I guess it would not be surprising to find the nouns on cans of paint :)

Some examples:

  • red = czerwony / czerwień

  • green = zielony / zieleń

  • black = czarny / czerń

  • white = biały / biel

Surprisingly, I think there are nouns for all basic colours, but not for the basic concept of 'blue'.

  • blue = niebieski / ?????

But for its most basic shades, there are nouns:

  • dark blue = granatowy / granat

  • light blue = błękitny / błękit


This is funny as "granat" would be more a dark red in german.

Blue is a very special color. Many languages didn't have a concept of blue. They had a word for the color of the sky, of the ocean, or of cornflowers but not general blue. This was "invented" by the germanic people. At least one good thing they brought to the countries they invaded. g


What about "Do you like the red one"?


Podoba ci się ten czerwony?


But if I use lubić, it isn't wrong either, is it? "Lubisz ten czerwony?"


It should be alright. Although "lubić" probably fits more into long-term liking than one specific moment liking. Or maybe it is just me.


Why isn't the noun "czerwień" used here?


Either one is good.

I guess over time we had developed a fallback mechanism to allow adjective forms in these situations. Like with yellow, „żółć” would be ambiguous here, so I would just say „żółty”.


What is wrong with "You like red?", if that is unacceptable, how would I say "You like red?"


Well, I think such a question is only correct if it shows surprise: "What? You like red? How can anyone possibly like red?" - and the Polish one can be used in such a context. So ok, added.


attention! sounds like "...czerwone"!!!


Sounds fine to me, but as I know that many learners have a problem distinguishing Y and E, and both can make sense on their own, I guess I can disable the audio exercises.


your question is not complete, it does not make sense the way it stands


Why does the colour red end with the male ending 'y'


Many names of colors are in fact male adjectives.

The masculine form is treated as the "default"; this is the form that is listed in dictionaries. In paper dictionaries you won't find feminine or neuter forms, because they want to save space. In electronic ones those forms are included in inflection tables under masculine entry.

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