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Help with Polish gerunds

How do you know when to use Polish gerunds and the perfective and imperfective forms of them? For example:

  1. Robienie/ zrobienie (doing)

  2. Spotykanie/ spotkanie (meeting)

These are the first verbs that came into my mind. Do you treat them like you treat perfective and imperfective verbs?

Thanks in advance!!

February 1, 2017

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Jellei

Yes, they also are perfective and imperfective. It's easy to show on the first one:

On przerwał mi robienie kanapki = He interrupted me (the process of) making a sandwich.

Zrobienie kanapki zajęło mi dwie minuty. = Making the sandwich (succesfully, til the end) took me two minutes.

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

but can you use robienie in the second sentence tho?

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jellei

Yes, you can.

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Enzfj2
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but then it's not certain, was it finished or not

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/wiktorka234

Okay, so these sentences, for example, are correct, right:

  1. Wczoraj miałam spotkanie.

  2. Zawsze mam spotykanie

February 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/immery

~both are incorrect~. We don't have mieć+geround structure.

but spotkanie is also a "normal noun" meaning "a meeting".

Basically if the geround functions as "verb in a noun form", then it works like a noun, but sometimes some gerund forms become standard nouns and only that form can be used.

EDIT: "Wczoraj miałam spotkanie" is ok. I read your sentence wrong.

February 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AgataRy

Actually the first sentence is correct, only it's not a gerund (spotkanie) but a simple noun in this case. The second one is definitely wrong.

February 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/immery

you are right, I don't know why, but I saw "spotykanie" in both sentences.

February 6, 2017
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