ile masz lat / ile masz latek

Discussion in 'Polski (Polish)' started by Gergana, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Gergana New Member

    Burgas, Bulgaria
    Bulgarian
    I was wondering if there is any difference between "ile masz lat" and "ile masz latek"?
     
  2. marco_2 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    You can ask a child "Ile masz latek?" (though not necessarily) or, jokingly, everyone.
     
  3. dreamlike

    dreamlike Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    'Latek' is a dimunitive form of the noun "lat" and it's pretty normal when asking children how old they are.
    Other than that, it can be used ironically in reference to almost everyone, as Marco has rightly pointed out.

    One example that comes to mind is a teacher talking to his or her students, angry with them for not having carried out some task:
    Nie macie już 5 latek żebyby zachowywać się tak nieodpowiedzialnie! - You're not five anymore, to behave in such an irresponsible way!
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012
  4. LilianaB Senior Member

    US New York
    Lithuanian
    The bottom line is it can be used only in reference to children, other than in some really extraordinary circumstances.
     
  5. dreamlike

    dreamlike Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    Oh, they don't have to be that extraordinary but yes, the dimunitive form is best reserved for adressing little children :)
     
  6. Gergana New Member

    Burgas, Bulgaria
    Bulgarian
    Thanks to everyone!
     

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