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"Znamy tego chłopca."

Translation:We know this boy.

May 9, 2016



I don't think I'll ever be able to hear the difference between Znam and Znamy if pronounced at normal speaking speed. Hope context will tell!


This keeps tripping me up as well, but my ear is getting better at noticing the tiny y in spoken Polish ovet time :) good luck! :)


What's the difference between znam and wiem? Is it similar to Spanish in that you can have a mental understanding of something, also a physical understanding


Yes, I believe that "znać" is "conocer" and "wiedzieć" is "saber".


if i say "znamy ten chlopca" is this completely wrong or acceptable? Cause i already easily can bring ten/to/tamta/tamten to the conversation but now i see tego/tamtego , like i dont know if in a conversation me saying ten/tamten/to instead of tego/tamtego is a big mistake.


It is a mistake. The noun is masculine animate, so the demonstrative pronoun must be inflected accordingly.


So one of the rules that i need to focus is the phonetics right? the last letter of the noun right? Cause sometimes i feel lost when doing the translation to my native language or even english , you understand what i mean?


I don't think that this has anything to do with phonetics.

I suggest that you familiarise yourself with declension tables for pronouns, nouns and adjectives. They can all be found on wiktionary.



Thanks for the link , i will check this!


I may have written "phonetics" when referring to the ending, what letter does a word end with, perhaps that wasn't the best word to use there.


Wait so tego means both this AND that in accusative?


In masculine singular nominative, "ten" = this and "tamten" = that (so tego/tamtego in Accusative*). However, at least to my personal 'feel', Polish doesn't care that much about the distinction between this and that, unless you need to show the contrast between ten chłopiec and tamten chłopiec (because you talk about both of them at once). So it's quite probable that the course will accept 'ten' for both 'this' and 'that'.

You could try having a look here.

*Some masculine nouns belong to a, let's say, sub-type which has the Accusative form identical as in Nominative, so the pronoun behaves respectively. Normally you have "Znam tego psa", but then you have "Znam ten autobus". But better just focus on the more usual things now ;)


When do you put "this, that" in accusative?


After verbs that take the accusative, mainly


It is a bit confused :D

In Serbian, znać means poznavati (conocer / kennen), and wiedzieć means znati (saber / wissen).

Serbian = Polish

Mi poznajemo = My znamy

Mi znamo = My wiemy


Polish "poznawać" means "to get to know/to learn" or "to meet" (about meeting people for the very first time).


Very interesting! :)

This verb "poznawać" means "upoznati" in Serbian.

They are false friends :)


Oh, also "to recognize": "Nie poznałem cię!" = "I didn't recognize you!". It could be substituted with "rozpoznać" to make it totally unambiguous, though.


Sorry but what is the difference between "to" and "tego" ?


The noun is masculine animate, so the demonstrative pronoun must be inflected accordingly, and look like the genitive form, hence "tego" rather than "to".

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