"Czterdzieści, pięćdziesiąt, sześćdziesiąt"

Translation:Forty, fifty, sixty

April 9, 2016

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Is there a logical reason why 40 ends with dzieści, while all the higher multiples of ten have dziesiąt?


I don't know. It could have something to do with the dual-plural merger doing different things to numbers 2-4 and to 5+, but don't cite me on that.


Is not that numbers 2,3,4 take a nom. plural, and 5 and upwards take a gen. plural?


dziesięć, dwadzieścia, trzydzieści, czterdzieści, ... then the logic starts. The logic being five tens (pięć x dziesięć = pięćdziesiąt). I am no expert in languages let alone in polish, but as often is the case sound often decides. The first few would just sound odd and strange with "dziesiąt" as an ending.


Possibly in relation to Russian or Ukrainian. Тридацят, сорок, пятдацят. 30, 40, 50. Forty is a unique #.


Chociaż uwielbiam język polski całym sercem, jest bardzo, bardzo trudny. (Patrz na te numery, na przykład) :P Ale nigdy nie poddam się! Wszystko jest możliwe. Nauczę się polskiego, nawet jeśli to jest ostatnie działanie moje!


I actually understood every word of that!!


Perhaps I'm hearing incorrectly, but is the audio not pronouncing the ć in pięćdziesiąt and the ść in sześćdziesiąt? Do those consonants usually get slurred over in quick/everyday speech?


No, they do not usually get slurred. But in these two words, it is indeed a bit too much to pronounce them clearly. So while 99% of Polish is read exactly as you see it and there are no vanishing sounds, these are kind of exceptions.


I see. Dziękuję bardzo!


I think the typo option is only provided for writing in Polish in this course. Every wrong letter in an English sentence makes the whole sentence incorrect. This seems to be part of the Duolingo algorithm.


That would be a very strange decision... Duolingo rather accepts too much than too little...

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