"I am going to the international airport."

Translation:Jadę na międzynarodowe lotnisko.

August 10, 2016

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Should "lotnisko międzynarodowe" be accepted? If not, why? I've seen many adhectives come after the nouns in other instances...


It definitely should be, added it. It's even better in my opinion.

"Lotnisko międzynarodowe" sounds to me like "international airport", while "międzynarodowe lotnisko" like "an airport that is international". Theoretically the same thing, but only one is a fixed phrase...

If the adjective simply describes something, it should come in the front. You can only say "duże lotnisko" and not "lotnisko duże". But if it rather categorizes something, if it can be in fact part of a name (like with many animals/foods/beverages), it will probably go after the noun.


Thanks for the clarification! I know word order is very flexible in Polish, and now that my tree's done, I'm trying to get a better understanding of what's more natural/colloquial in everyday speech.


Nice explanation, thanks.


Wouldn't "jadę do lotniska międzynarodowego" be an acceptable answer? If not, why?


No. The basic distinction is that you go "do" a closed building, and "na" an open space. There are exceptions to this (e.g. 'na pocztę' - to the post office), but the general rule is like this.

You could argue that the airport is a building and only the place where the planes are is an open space, but you go "na lotnisko".


Ok thanks, I hadn't picked up on this distinction between "do" and "na".


Oddly enough, the translation hint for 'I am going to' is 'zamierzam' or 'mam zamiar', 'Jadę' appears only as the fifth suggestion for 'am' and 'na' is the fourth for 'to'.

Perhaps I should be looking around for a separate discussion about this, but how are these suggestions chosen? Are specific groups of words given automatic priority in cases like this?


I'd also like to know that, how does the algorithm work... generally, something may be in the hints just because of one, only sentence where it works like this. The algorithm should show the more probable hints.

As you probably know, "zamierzam" and "mam zamiar" mean "I am going to" as in "I will/I have the intention". So they don't work here at all... :/


I wrote "idę" and was not accepted. Why is it not a possibility?


Ok, now I saw it was not the only mistake, as I completely mispelled międzynarodowe... Ale to dobre pytania : what's the difference between jadę and idę? Could I also say chodzę?


What confuses me, I though na was on and do was to. That and tonight looks like the start of Alzhiemers. :-)


You were right, but of course it's more complicated, as usual.

"na" here takes Accusative and is used instead of "to" when you are headed to some places which are more... open spaces. Also to events. And some exceptions, like the post office (na pocztę).


"Jadę do lotniska międzynarodowego" - why it is not accepted?


This word order is accepted, but not the preposition 'do'.
It's always 'na lotnisko', unless 'do' is a requirement of a verb or a noun in that sentence, which mostly implies "up to the point where the airport is".

Droga prowadzi do lotniska.
Zbliżamy się do lotniska.
Dojazd do lotniska...

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