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Difference between 'to' and 'jest' when describing people



Lily Activity: 1 / 1
Joined: Nov 10, 2008 ♀
  Nov 13, 2008, 06:21am /  #1
Hello,

I wonder if someone can tell me... what is the diference in meaning between:

Kasia to mila nauczycielka

-and-

Kasia jest milą nauczycielką

(I've learnt that this one is the instrumental case, to be used with expressions like 'Jestem Polka' and 'Jestem Lekaerzem').

I'm Confused!

Thank you :)

Krzysztof Activity: 2 / 1,016
Joined: Jul 26, 2007 ♂
  Nov 13, 2008, 01:35pm /  #2
Kasia to miła nauczycielka. - is totally OK, but it's considered more colloquial, so you shouldn't use it at school or university too much and rather choose the official version:
Kasia jest miłą nauczycielką.
but talking to your friends, you can safely use both (unless your friends are some freak language purists)

Lily Activity: 1 / 1
Joined: Nov 10, 2008 ♀
  Nov 13, 2008, 05:11pm /  #3
Dziękuję Krysztof!

Michal2 Activity: - / 78
Joined: Aug 30, 2008 ♂
  Nov 16, 2008, 08:02am /  #4
Lily:

hat is the diference in meaning between:

The difference is that Kasia to miła nauczycielka is still in the nominative case because there is no verb such as the verb to be-być being employed in the present tense.

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