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"Jak on ma na imię?"

Translation:What is his name?

January 12, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/v.Baltic

What is the function of 'na' in this sentence?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

It works literally like "for name". You just have to remember it as a fixed phrase. "Mam na imię Marek", "On ma na imię Michał", etc.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arann

What is the litteral translation of this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Okcydent

Word-by-word translation: How/what he has on/for his name.

Maybe „What has he for his name” makes a little sense?

But „mieć na imię” is a fixed phrase and should't be treated as separate entities.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaneMansle

Given that "What is his name?" Isn't a literal translation, why isn't the alternative colloquial expression, "What is he called?" not accepted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

OK, we've recently equaled "His name is Marek" and "He is called/named Marek", so I guess it's good enough here as well. Added.

Just remember that the Polish question asks for his first name, so some answers to "What is he called?" wouldn't really be good answers to the original question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mcpk

Shouldn't 'What is his forename?' be accepted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alik1989

Although grammatically correct, that is a very unnatural sentence to say


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mcpk

It would be unusual in conversation, where you would normally say 'first' (or 'Christian') name if you wanted to distinguish it from the surname, but quite natural in formal contexts.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teangacha16

I'd say even in formal contexts, 'first name' would be more commonly used than 'forename'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Magic481327

I typed "what name does he have" and it was not accepted even though it is correct


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristine466318

It is grammatically correct, so I guess it should be accepted, but it is not the common way to ask this question and sounds a little weird.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

Well, but it's neither a common way (as you say) nor is it a literal translation of Polish, so... I don't see a reason to accept it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristine466318

You're right, I agree.

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