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

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

6 Comments


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

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

July 6, 2015

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

Okay thank you!

July 6, 2015

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.

July 8, 2015

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.

July 14, 2015

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.

July 6, 2015

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

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

July 6, 2015
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