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Order of words in Polish

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Hello,

I am studying polish for over 6 years now; I take classes but I also try to keep going with three series of polish-exercises on Duo Lingo every day (A day streak of 690 :-)).

Now something I noticed a lot and which is quiet annoying is the fact that very often my answers are seen as "incorrect" because of the order of the words. My teacher in school (a native speaker from Poland who moved over to Belgium some years ago) always told us that "the order of the words in polish does not really matter". Ok, it doesn't have to be "too messed up" of course, but putting your "się" at the end of the sentence or not does not make any difference. However, Duo Lingo seems to think it IS important. Of course, every time I click the "my answer was correct" button, but my corrections are never accepted, which makes me think I (and so my teacher too) am wrong about this.

Can somebody clarify me this ? Is order important anyhow ? Is this something "regional" or related to some dialect ?

For example, one I had recently: Translate this: "This cat does not like her". My answer was "Ten kot nie jej lubi" was seen as incorrect and corrected into "Ten kot jej nie lubi".

Greetings, Kenny Belgium.

9/30/2018, 12:41:55 PM

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Mazzy21
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I've also been told that Polish is quite flexible, but one major rule is that 'nie' should never be separated from the verb, which is why you can't say "ten kot nie jej lubi", you have to say "ten kot jej nie lubi".

9/30/2018, 2:17:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/kennymees
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Thanks Mazzy21. I will remember that ! Do you know if there is also a similar rule to know where to put the "się" ? Cause that one I also have incorrect very frequently :-)

9/30/2018, 2:21:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/bossik21
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I am afraid thet there are no strict rules about where "sie" should be.

Some of the suggestions are not to put się in the beginning and end of the phrase.

Can you give us some incorrect phrases with się? Maybe it will be easier to tell you on those examples why those phrases were marked as incorrect

10/4/2018, 12:57:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/bajers
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the word order isn't strict, but some things just can't be messed with. "ten kot nie jej lubi" (according to my ear) doesn't sound right at all. i don't know the rules, but there probably are some guides on this on this forum or on the internet!

9/30/2018, 4:26:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Jerzy-ru
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Dear kennymees, there is the great forum post where all difficulties of studing Polish language are collected: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/16296174

10/7/2018, 11:35:54 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/kennymees
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Wow great !

Dziękuję bardzo Jerzy-ru !!

10/11/2018, 11:08:29 AM
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