BCS: Conjunction "te" vs "i"

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

  1. Milivoje New Member

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

    Belgrade
    Serbian-Croatian
    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

    USA
    Spanish-English
    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
    Gòražde...
    Thanks
     
  4. itreius Senior Member

    Assembly
    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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