"Ona kroi chleb tamtymi nożami."

Translation:She cuts the bread with those knives.

April 8, 2016

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This is a very odd English sentence. I feel like someone on duolingos side wanted to use the word for scissors (nożyczki) which means, literally 'little knives'


Polish sentence makes a bit sence- those are the knifes she uses to cut the bread. But I think It would require "she cuts" in English.


Where is the preposition "with"?


Nowhere. If you use something (cut with a knife), you just use the instrument in Instrumental without any preposition.

Translating "with" as "z" would create a sentence where she cuts the bread together with the knives. It would personify the knives.


Thank you so much for you time and your explanation.


I too had the same question as Unbedingt - where was the preposition "with"? In trying to understand your response, if I undertake any action using an instrument (e.g. knife, wrench, hammer, etc...), then in Polish I would use the Instrumental case and do not need a linking preposition? Is that correct? Thank you.


Generally yes, just don't take 'instrument' too literally, it's far wider than that. "by means of [something]" can say it nicely.


What about using the verb slice instead of cut?

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    She is slicing bread with those knives didn't work for me.

    [deactivated user]

      Although I used these instead of those


      Tamte = those

      Te = these/those

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        Why can't I say she is carving bread with those knives


        That's perfectly reasonable. But, "carving" is a uncommon expression for that act. Usually reserved for Thanksgiving Turkey. You have my vote.


        In English it is rare that we use the word "carving" when the action is to cut up food.
        The only exception to that is that we may ask another family member to carve up the meat. This may be beef, or turkey, for example. And would only tend to be used at a more formal family gathering. Though it is equally likely these days that we would would use the word to "cut" up the meat even in those situations.

        "Carving" is used more commonly for the action of when you are creating an art work. So there is, for example, an art form that specializes in the art of carving food.
        Mostly it specializes in carving vegetables.

        You can check out some examples of this here on pinterest

        Mostly though you would use it if you were carving an artwork in wood, or say, sand stone, etc.


        She cuts bread with those knifes. The is not needed here.


        Just "bread" works.

        It's "knifes" instead of "knives" that got rejected.


        I'm glad to be learning how to spell in English here too


        For those who had a problem with the english sentence - it works for me as an answer to the question (in a restaurant for example) "What does she use to cut the bread?"

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