BCS: Conjunction "te" vs "i"

Discussion in 'Other Slavic Languages' started by Milivoje, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Milivoje New Member

    Could anyone be so kind as to enlighten me on the use of "te" as a conjunction?
    Hvala lijepo !
  2. Zeljko Member

    Basically, "te" means "hence, thus, so, therefore, ergo"

    Maria got an A+, hence she will be awarded -- Marija je dobila peticu, te će biti nagrađena/ Marija je dobila peticu, pa će biti nagrađena/ Marija je dobila peticu, pa će shodno tome biti nagrađena.
    It is late, and thus you must go - Kasno je, te/pa moraš ići ("shodno tome" can be employed here, but it would sound rather weird)

    These forms (te/pa/shodno tome) can be used interchangeably, but "shodno tome" is rather formal, whereas "pa, te" can be used in both formal and informal situations.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2013
  3. Milivoje New Member

    Thank you for the help
    This is the context where encountered te

    Bosna i Hèrcegovina se sàstoji od
    dva dèla. Jèdan deo se zòve Federàcija
    Bosne i Hèrcegovine, i ukljùčuje gradove
    Mòstar, Sàrajevo, Tuzlu, Zenicu, Bìhać, te
  4. itreius Senior Member

    Apart from the meanings mentioned by Zeljko, te can also serve merely as a subtitute for i (and) when you don't want to repeat the same word (i) over and over again, like in the example you've given.

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