"I work as a doctor."

Translation:Pracuję jako lekarka.

February 25, 2016

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Where does 'jako' come from and what are it's declensions?


wonderful news jako does not have declensions.

It means "as" in context like in this sentence translation of as into Polish in Pons dictionary


"Pracuję lekarzem" - why not?


Because it means "I work using a doctor".

You only use instrumental in describing people if the verbs are być=be, stać się, zostać= become.

After most verbs instrumental case means with=using.
I'm writing with a pen=I'm writing using a pen= piszę długopisem. "


That's a calque from Russian and absolutely doesn't work in Polish. People that don't know Russian could probably not even understand what you meant.


Yes, you are quite right here. )

Russian is my native language.


If it makes you feel any better, I keep forgetting "jako" as well.


What is the difference between lekarz and lekarka?


Lekarz can be treated as masculine noun or general term for a (medical) doctor. Lekarka is only used to denote a women of this profession. In this case a women can say either that she is „lekarz” or „lekarka”, men can only go with „lekarz”.


Usually one needs the accusative case after a verb such as Pracować. Why in this example is the translation "Pracuję jako lekarz" and not "Pracuję jako lekarka"(Masculine animate)?


I cannot think of a situation where you would use Accusative after 'pracować'...

"pracować jako" is a fixed construction that means "to work as", and it is one of the rare cases when you use Nominative for something else than the subject of the sentence.

"Pracuję jako lekarka" works, but it is not masculine animate. It is feminine (and animate, but it doesn't matter for feminine). "lekarz"/"lekarka" is among those professions where a woman can use either a masculine or a feminine version of the profession's name.


Ah, that makes sense now. Very helpful and interesting, Thanks

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