"W twoim pokoju jest brudno."

Translation:It is dirty in your room.

April 8, 2016

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I really don't understand this construction, and the English sentence is not terribly common. My first question is: Is this the most idiomatic way to say, "Your room is dirty" in Polish? Secondly, why use the adverbial "brudno" and not the adjectival "brudny"? Thirdly, would it be unidiomatic for the word order to be: "Jest brudno w twoim pokoju?" Many thanks for any help.


We had a bit of a discussion on this topic, and we decided to accept "Twój pokój jest brudny", which corresponds to "Your room is dirty". But we had some doubt about it, so it's not like it's such a great option. We were also discussing "Masz brudny pokój", there was even more doubt, but we're going to accept it as well.

The adverb is used because in this sentence there isn't really any subject. It is constructed similarly to, e.g. "Jest zimno". (It is cold.) I'm not sure about English, but in Polish there's no subject here.

"Jest brudno w twoim pokoju" works.

Frankly, my first choice in natural language would just be to say "Masz bałagan w pokoju", which would translate to "You've got a mess in your room". But I think that's too far from the English sentence to be accepted here.


Is there any practical difference in saying "twój pokók jest brudny" and "w twoim pokoju jest brudno"?


I don't think so.

P.S.: "pokóJ" - although that was obviously just a typo ;)


Alright, good to know, thank you. Yes thar was a typo; my bad.


The literal English translation of the Polish sound unidiomatic: we would most likely say "Your room is dirty." But if that's an idiomatic way of saying the same idea in Polish, then we'll just have to learn it that way.


"Your room is dirty" works. But yeah, I wouldn't say "Twój pokój jest brudny" in Polish.


Why does ó lose it's accent on pokoju and what is the general rule with o and ó?


That's quite a common change. It's actually something that Polish pupils learn at school. I mean, when you learn Polish, you usually learn the words written (especially here), so our 'students' don't have problems with orthography. For a young native, it is not that obvious whether a new word they heard is written with "u" or "ó" (which after all sound exactly the same). So the rule is that generally if the "ó/u" sound changes into "o" with declension, that means that it's written with "ó". Of course, there are exceptions (surprise!), but generally they're not very common.


the woman voice sounded like a question tone, i answered is it dirty in your room, what is this in polish :)


Either "W twoim pokoju jest brudno?" or (perhaps better) "Czy w twoim pokoju jest brudno?" - but I'm afraid you cannot trust the intonation of the TTS audio. Pay attention to what is written when translating.


Hej, Duo! Kto jesteś? Moja mama?


While that's perfectly understandable, technically it should be "Kim jesteś? Moją mamą?" :)

Just like the simple sentence "You are my mom" translates to "Jesteś moją mamą", using Instrumental.


Very amusing that it said I had a typo

when I said "It is dirty in our room".

When I should have selected a whole different pronoun!


It's strange that it did it even though the algorithm should know that it's a whole other English word...


failing for "its" rather than "it's" is a bit harsh


From my understanding "Its" is the possessive form of "It", as is "Do you remember my old phone? Its screen broke last week"; whereas "It's" is the short form of "It is", as in "Do you remember my old phone? It's so crappy that a thief refused to steal it" I understand it may sound too harsh for native speakers but it really sounds bad and/or confusing for a non-native speaker


Twoj pokoj jest brudny could also work?


As long as your room is not 100% covered in dust, your sentence is correct grammatically but not really semantically, we wouldn't say that.


In English, we say your room is dirty all the time, even if it is not correct semantically. Obviously it wouldn't be 100% covered in dust or mud, but meaning generally the room is messy. And no one picks nits. ;-)


What is the role of "w" in this sentence. My guess is that it means the inside of the room but not the outside, is this right?


Yes, it's "in your room it is dirty", literally.

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