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"Zawodnik biegnie do bramki."

Translation:The player is running towards the goal.

February 27, 2016



Why is "do bramki" translated "to the goal" and not "to the net"


Because "bramka" means literally: "a little gate", so you may translate this word as "a goal", "a tagret" etc. "Siatka" means literally: "a net", but a player cannot run to a net, it sounds weird in Polish. You can say: "Piłka wpadła do siatki" - "A ball fell into a net", but it sounds weird in English, on the other hand. I think this translation above is correct.


ah ok thank you!


'The player is running to goal' is more typically spoken if that person is involved in the game.


Sounds like a britishism.


The British native I asked said:

"running to goal" is the sort of thing that excitable football commentators might say, but I think I'd rate it as non-standard.


"The player runs/is running toward the goal"?


Towards = w kierunku ??


Yes. That possibility is also accepted.....


Towards the goal would be better here. He is unlikely to reach the goal but approach it and then kick. Could do be translated towards?


Yes, it's accepted, and I think I can agree that it's a better translation, so I will make it the main one now.


Toward the goals (plural) should also be accepted, I have seen this word more often in the plural than the singular and it's interchangeable.


In which sport(s)?


In the US, just about any sport with goals. with or without a net: Football, soccer, hockey, etc. For football since there's no net I've also heard "goal posts". I think it's a barbarism, a mistake passed into common language kind of like "irregardless".


Well, if you yourself think it's a barbarism, then I don't really see a reason to add it ;) My native teammates are also strongly against it.


Eh, fair enough. :)


Is 'ku' simply not used?


It's relatively rare and generally sounds a bit old-fashioned. However, there are certain fixed expressions where ku is absolutely fine. There are also certain verbs which work well with this preposition, like zmierzać and skłaniać się.

According to the corpus the verb biec and the preposition ku also commonly appear in pairs and in the extended corpus I could even find several examples for biec ku bramce.

Added: 'ku bramce'.

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