https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lukas_hv

Verbs after nouns with numbers

Hi! I wrote some sentences in Polish. This was one of them: Pięć kobiet jedzą jabłka. Apparently, I should have used "je" instead of "jedzą". Is there a specific rule for this?

March 25, 2016

7 Comments


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

I don't know how to explain it, but I'll try. If you use number (5+, without those ending with 2 or 3) + a noun you should use 3rd person singular instead of plural, like here.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/immery

I think it may be good to remember the rule, that those numbers that require genitive require singular verbs (because it's pięć kobiet jest "five of women is"), and those that act like adjectives require plural (dwie kobiety są- two women are).

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lukas_hv

Don't you mean genitive/dopełniacz?

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/immery

yes thank you. I sometimes mix up the names.

March 26, 2016

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

I think she was talking about dopełniacz/Genitive, not celownik/Dative. English names of cases are kinda hard for us, because they're so different than ours.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vengir

It can be kinda interpreted like "Five of women" and "five" is the subject of sorts here.

March 25, 2016

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

Thanks for help :)

March 25, 2016
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