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ide and / or chodzi

as both verbs mean to go or walk. Can they be used interchangeably or does each have a specific meaning

March 23, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/strzyga956

they cannot be used interchangeably. First off all idę is in the first person and means I go/walk, and chodzi is in the third person and means he/she is going/is walking, but the meaning is also a bit different. You use idę for example to say 'I'm going to the shop' -' Idę do sklepu' while chodzi can be used to express a continuous action for example 'he goes to school'- 'Chodzi do szkoły' or it can be also used in sentences like 'He is walking around the room' -'Chodzi po pokoju' 'He is walking around town' - 'Chodzi po mieście'.

March 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/margotgm

Does that mean that ide is used to say "I am walking around the room'?

March 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/strzyga956

No, that would be 'Chodzę po pokoju'. The verb iść (which is a neutral form of idę) is generally used when you have a destination to which you are going, like in the sentence i gave previously 'Idę do sklepu' - I'm going to the shop. 'On idzie do sklepu 'He is going to the shop' or 'I'm going to the school' - 'Idę do szkoły', while if you wanted to say 'I go to school', meaning you do it every day, it would be with the verb chodzić (chodzę, chodzi) - chodzę do szkoły. And chodzić is also used when there is no clear destination like in 'I'm going around the room'

March 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/immery

If you are not scared of long answers read https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12724322

Short answer is that
iść- walk/go now, with a direction/purpose
chodzić- walk/go usually, or without direction

also polish does not have a verb "go"

we have : iść/chodzić= go using your legs
jechać/jeździć= go using a land transportation, drive, ride
płynąć/pływać= swim, sail, go using water transportation
lecieć/latać= fly, go using a plane

all those pairs have right now with a direction vs usually or without a direction

there is also biec/biegać- run, and nieść/nosić carry and I think those are all of the pairs with now vs usually aspect.

March 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Anna_Elsa_J.

No, they can't. They mean slightly different things: "Idę" means I walk [right now or with a direction], for example "idę do szkoły" means I'm going to school (I go there right now). "Chodzi" means he/she/it walks [usually or without a direction], for example "on chodzi do szkoły" means He goes to school (usually, not right now).

March 23, 2016
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