Why do Polish words sometimes use an ogonek?

For example, sometimes “a girl” is “dziewczynka” or “dziewczynką”. Why is this?

October 28, 2017


Feminine nouns ending in -a in the nominative end in -ą in the instrumental - which is why you'd say Dziewczynka je, but Ona jest dziewczynką (as być takes the instrumental).

October 28, 2017

There is a pretty good discussion about polish declination here: (you can find links to useful tables in that thread)

November 2, 2017
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