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Polish Object Pronoun Order

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I can't find any other people asking this, but what is the most neutral word order for object pronouns. I tend to use this pattern:

Lubię ich - I like them (without a nominative pronoun)

Ja ich lubię - I like them (with a nominative pronoun)

However, if I were to say 'ja lubię ich' and 'ich lubię', would I be changing the emphasis of the sentence? Which word order sounds most natural with and without 'ja'?

1 year ago

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With Ja the emphasis will be on ja, even without the intonational stress, without - rather neutral.
Ich lubię - emphasis on them

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Naturally in short sentences we'd start with the word which we want to emphasise. If however there are more than 2 elements, it can depend on the accent as well.

Lubię ich. - emphasis on the verb

Ich lubię. - emphasis on the object

Ja lubię ich. [less common way of saying it] - emphasis on the subject but can also be on the object if accented

Ja ich lubię. [more natural version to me] - emphasis on the subject but can also be on the verb or even subject if accented

1 year ago