"Szanuję każdego człowieka będącego przyjacielem zwierząt."

Translation:I respect every human who is a friend of animals.

May 25, 2016

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This is so sweet :]


There is one particular person I wouldn't respect in that regard. He had a funny mustache and did awful things to humans in the 30s and 40s.


How about ..i respect everyone who is a friend of animals


Szanować is with accusative, so I guess you have to write będącego instead of będący because człowiek is male animated.


Why not I respect every human being who is an animals' friend?


I was told this is too strange to use, especially that it would be confused with "an animal's friend". Well, I guess natives know better ;)


But I guess that the human being is all right.


Well, it's accepted in some sentences, so ok, I'll add it. But it's the same as saying "istota ludzka" - you can do it, but why?

Aaaand it turns out that 'an animals' friend' was accepted... well... I'll let it stay then.


Why? Because we're very unlikely to use "human" in a sentence like this. What we'd probably say is "anybody", but forced to use a noun our first choice would probably be "person" (which I now think you accept elsewhere), and possibly "human being", but I can't think where we'd ever talk of "a human".


The człowiek/person/human etc. distinction is a pain in the... head on a website which relies so much on word-to-word (if possible) translation. "człowieka" sounds perfectly fine to me. "osobę" probably as well (here), because it's some hypothetical person, but it was not the choice of whoever created this sentence. So I shouldn't put "person" as the default version. Is "human" really so bad here that even "human being", which sounds very... scientific is better?


Well, I'd never refer to "every human". My first choice would be "any/every person", followed by "human being", which I agree is a bit strange, but it's a lot less strange than "every human".

The first definition of człowiek in PWN/Oxford is "person", followed by "human (being)".

The word "human" is usually an adjective, and when it is used as a noun, it is almost always used in the plural. From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary:

human (noun): a person — usually plural

And at the Free Dictionary - human
2. A person: the extraordinary humans who explored Antarctica.

I've checked eight dictionaries and I can't find a single example sentence where "human" is used in the singular. Oxford has 19 example sentences, all in the plural, where "humans" is usually used in a general sense, for example:

There is every reason to think that you would come across problems cloning humans.

In those days, sailing solo meant a form of isolation that few humans could endure.

The tsunami may be an act of nature but humans are complicating the relief effort.

You could perhaps say,
"I respect all humans who are friends of animals"
but it's getting a bit far from the grammar of your original sentence.



Not really. The owl told me that the sentence I respect every human being who is an animals' friend conained two mistakes: human being and an animals' friend. Happy New Year 2017!

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