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Mazurek Dąbrowskiego - Irregular conjugation?

Cześć,

The Polish national anthem has a stanza:

"Przejdziem Wisłę, przejdziem Wartę,

Będziem Polakami."

Notice będziem, where the expected form would be będziemy. Is this archaic, or something poetic/bookish? Russian utilizes this form.

Thanks.

1 year ago

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It's strongly archaic. Even in older texts you can't find it very often. Though it's quite common in poetry or songs for rhymes or rhythm, like here. These forms also give the text a very elevated tone, so they're most frequently found in patriotic songs.

1 year ago

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Hmm. This is pretty interesting. I wonder when and why the "y" was added to such words or when the original way of spelling became obsolete - if it did? Thanks for pointing this out.

1 year ago