Why is "te" used? Dziecko is not feminine.
it is not masculine. feminine, neuter nouns and masculine not personal nouns are all in plural in one category = not masculine personal.
So even if the group of children included males, "te" would still be used?
Yep. Te dzieci. (Ci chłopcy, te dziewczynki).
Thanks! This is exactly what I wanted to know.
Are ludzie musculine?
Yes, masculine personal "ci" is used, but you will often hear elders using "te" even though masculine personal is correct.
Ludzie - a mixed group of men, women, girls and boys.
Thanks for your explanations.
Whats the difference between dzieci and dziecmi???
"dzieci" is the basic, Nominative form (used for the subject of the sentence), as well as the Accusative one (used for the direct object).
"dziećmi" is Instrumental, used mostly after "z" (with) or in sentences like "They are children".
Why is "te" and not "ci"?
"ci" is for the 'masculine personal' plural (virile), "te" is for the 'not masculine-personal' plural (non-virile).
As the singular noun "dziecko" (a child) is neuter, its plural goes into the non-virile category.