"I do not like that woman."

Translation:Nie lubię tamtej kobiety.

March 23, 2016

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god this language is confusing xD


Why is it kobiety over kobieta?


Negation requires Genitive

Lubię tamtą kobietę (Acc)

Nie lubię tamtej kobiety (Gen)


Anyone have ressources for learning games to learn when to use different cases? Even with table chart explanations its too much for me right now and need to know when to use each one before learning the rules for it. Im just cramming to much in my hear rn.


https://mowicpopolsku.com/polish-grammar/#cases - this website is a good resource for learning cases.


And kobiety which was plural before is now the singular genetive...


Yup. Most feminine nouns have those forms identical: Nominative plural, Accusative plural, Genitive singular.


Ja nie lubię tej kobiety. was the answer given as the correct response. so why is it either tamtej or tej and not tamta. where is the information to grammatical changes that apply to negative sentences?


"lubić" (to like) takes Accusative. So first you have Nominative "tamta kobieta" ('that woman' as the subject of the sentence, for example), then you have Accusative "tamtą kobietę", and finally Genitive "tamtej kobiety" - as every time a verb needing Accusative is negated, it then needs Genitive.

As for 'tej' and 'tamtej', it's the thing with the different perception of closeness. Polish has "ta/ta/tamta" (and forms), while English has "this/that/that". So the second 'ta' overlaps with the first 'that'. That's why "that woman" can be understood as "ta kobieta" as well.


In this explanation "So while the direct translation of "tego" is of course "this", "that" is perfectly acceptable. In fact, sometimes native English speakers complain that the English sentence is unnatural, because it uses "this" and not "that"... but in Polish in such a sentence "tego" is perfectly natural. Like here. Some people could argue that 'not seeing "this" horse' doesn't make much sense, that it should be "that horse"." you explained the interchangeability of this/ that so why wouldn't tej/ tamtej be equally accepted in this question.


[this/that/that] = [tej/tej/tamtej] (and forms). The middle options overlap.

So... yes, "tej" in fact works in this sentence, it is accepted.


"Tamtej" because in genitive? Tamta kobieta Tamtej kobiety


Yes, "tamtej kobiety" is Genitive.

"Tamta kobieta jest wysoka" (That woman is tall, Nominative)

"Lubię tamtą kobietę" (I like that woman, Accusative) -> "Nie lubię tamtej kobiety" (I do not like that woman, Genitive).


why is it not tego kobiety?


kobieta is a feminine noun , ten, tamten work like adjectives, case, gender and number has to match the noun. so it has to be tej kobiety or tamtej kobiety, depending on context.


what's the difference between tamtej and tamta? aren't they both female versions of that? I don't really understand.


Yeah, they are, but they are different cases. "tamta" is Nominative. Like "tamta kobieta" - used for the subject of the sentence.

Then you have "tamtą kobietę" (Accusative), generally used for the direct object. Needed by numerous verbs and prepositions.

This here ("tamtej kobiety") is Genitive. Also needed by various verbs and prepositions, just not that numerous... And why is it used here? Well, "lubić" (to like) takes Accusative. But when a verb needing Accusative gets negated, it takes Genitive instead. This is the only case that changes when negated, other cases just stay the same.


So how would one differentiate between "I dont like this woman" and "I dont like these women?"


"Nie lubię tej kobiety" and "Nie lubię tych kobiet".

Genitive singular looks like Nominative/Accusative plural (as usual with feminine nouns), but Genitive plural is totally different.

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Hi. Excuse me. Question. How would “ Nie podoba mi sie...” change the latter part of this sentence, as in what form “that woman” would take? Or would you not use Nie podoba mi sie in such a sentence?


"Nie podoba mi się (tam)ta kobieta".

With "podobać się" the subject requires Dative, and the object requires Nominative.


when do we use to like or to love I am getting very confused


You use "like" when you like someone, and you use "love" when you love someone.

I'm confused by your question, basically :D I mean, I know that at least in Russian there's one verb for those, but in other languages... they are quite different things, with "love" being way stronger... and "I do not love that woman" is a completely different thing than "I do not like that woman".

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