"Mężczyzna śmieje się z siebie."

Translation:The man is laughing at himself.

July 25, 2016

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the man is laughing about himself


We can laugh about something, but to laugh at somebody or yourself is a fixed expression.


I would have thought the "z siebie" portion of the sentence to be redundant. Why is it necessary if się indicates reflexive? Couldn't I simply say "mężczyzna się śmieje"? What purpose does "się" otherwise serve?


"Mężczyzna się śmieje" would mean "the man laughs", but if he specifically laughs at himself, you have to add "z siebie" just like you'll add "at himself" in English.

That said, "się" alone doesn't work as "yourself". It can sometimes even just work as "one", for example: "Nie przechodzi się na czerwonym świetle" means "One doesn't walk [as in - cross the street] on a red light".

Check out this discussion: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/16097555/Use-of-si%C4%99 where someone asks about the use of "się", it's been explained there in detail :)


Just to let the excellent volunteers here know, in the 'Words' section the translation for the word 'śmieje' is missing, I'm afraid.


Thank you. It has been added now. :-)


Normally, there is a report button included in the window that pops up when you log in your response. But as this didn't seem to happen more often within this sentence, I guess that this was a temporary glitch in the app.


Is it a tongue twister?


It's a completely normal sentence.


I mean, it's really hard to pronounce:)

  1. Is "siebie" simply a more emphatic form of "się" as a reflexive pronoun?
  2. Is "z siebie" in a certain case or is it just part of an idiomatic phrase when using the verb "śmiać się?"


Seems that Wiktionary considers it to be a form of "się", but that seems a bit strange to me... well, frankly, it doesn't matter that much. Anyway, it would not be possible to use "się" itself here.

As "śmiać się" takes Genitive (śmiać się z kogo? z czego?), that's Genitive.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/si%C4%99#Declension - declension of "się".

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