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Polite order in Ukrainian.

My mother and I started learning Ukrainian together, and we were wondering if the language has polite order. This is because I got the sentence "Я і мама" which I translated as "I and mom" which would be grammatically incorrect in English. We were just confused and we would love if I could get this cleared up!

July 5, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vinnfred

You can order people in any order you like, this doesn't make any difference in Ukrainian :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michal_90

But on the other hand I suppose that even when the meaning is technically the same you can emphasize some words in sentence by changing word order. At least that's how it works in Czech.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizail

In this case, you may say as "Я і мама" as "Мама і я". It will not be neither politely nor rube. It will be just normal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/somelauw

Also it is okay to drop 'my' in Ucranian? My preferred English translation would be "My mother and I", but there is no 'my' in the original sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vinnfred

Yep. You don't necessarily need possessive pronouns when speaking about relatives

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