a little confused
in the past imperfect lessons here
there "were ... ing" constructions
that were accepted
so likewise could we then have
"was ... ing" constructions
just out of curiosity ,
If it is an perfective verb
then why would it be
in the lesson for imperfective verbs
so chciec in pOlish is imperfect
what would be this conjugation
in the English want
"I was wanting ..."
is in common usage
in the British Isles
is regarding the past-imperfect tense
Which slowly getting to perhaps understand
the "wanted" in the given sentence
seems to be perfected, finished, completed
whereas "I was wanting" seemed unfinished
thank you book rabbit
I will look at your answer
My cognitive skills are not so good
after my serious brain injury
It's because it's stative, Jack - it always denotes an ongoing state rather than a discrete action, so you don't need the continuous form.
The form you are using is something you hear every day because of where you live, and I use it too in some contexts, but it isn't Standard Scottish/English/Irish English or any of the standard forms. It's something that causes a lot of confusion to non native speakers and is regarded as a classic non-native speaker error, which is why they won't accept it.
I know it is in common usage but it is a somewhat strange form, not standard English. I was thinking that perhaps the course creators were not familiar with it rather than it being wrong per se?
I agree wanted can seem finished but wanting is not a thing you do and then get over it, generally. It is almost a state you are in - that of feeling want for something that makes it quite hard to get your head round when thinking in terms of perfective/imperfective. In these sort of cases I am getting the sense that it is the focus of the sentence that chooses the verb form. If you are focused on the fact that you stopped wanting you would use perfective but when focused on the process of wanting - that the state of wanting existed you use imperfective. Of course I might have the wrong end of the stick again. It is a very slippery stick!
Another good thing to point out for any non-native speakers or just grammar lovers is the issue of past tense of the imperfective verb chcieć as opposed to perfective verb zechieć. It's a similar concept found in Spanish past tense for imperfect vs preterit verbs (quería vs quise). I personally have seen quería (imperfect past tense in 1st person) way more than quise (preterit past tense - "very similar concept, it means the action has completed fully" - in the 1st person) past tense, and as for Polish, in all the textbooks or resources that I have read, I have never seen the past tense of the perfective verb zechcieć. Almost all the time, you will use imperfect tense anyways to express desire so no need to really get bogged down between chcieć vs zechcieć.
here is an example for "zechcieć" in the past tense: "nikt nie zechciał ustąpić" (nobody wanted to give in) And a super polite " czy nie zechciałby pan usiąść?" ( wouldn't you please sit down) and "zrobisz jak zechcesz" (you"ll do as you wish*) but the last one is in who knows what tense:)