Street Conversation LI
Remember last week when I got on a train and I was really scared? The good news is my money is still safe and sound. The bad news….I got off the train after about 60 kilometers because I couldn’t stand the pressure of my deep dark thoughts.
On my way back home I started to randomly send friend requests to people on Facebook and little did I know that I sent friend requests to 2 girls who were married to each other!
Sabina: Cu ce te pot ajuta?
What can I help you with?
Sabina: Ai chef de glume sau ai ceva intenție clară că ai vrut să mă adaugi pe FB?
Are you in the mood for jokes or do you have some clear intention since you wanted to add me on FB?
Sergiu: Cred că din greșeală te-am adăugat.
I think I added you by mistake.
Sabina: Da, și pe mine și pe nevasta mea. Greșeală interesantă.
Yes, me and my wife too. Interesting mistake.
Sergiu: O coincidență.
Sergiu: Altceva nu poate fi.
It can’t be anything else.
Sabina: Cu plăcere.
I said thanks because she accepted my friend request right then and there after she realized I’m in such a calm and collected guy.
Below is a list of pair of sentences, the first in the pair show you accusative personal pronouns and the second in the pair show you dative personal pronouns
M-a citit vs. Mi-a citit (He read me vs He read to me)
Te-a citit vs. Ți-a citit (He read you vs He read to you)
L-a citit vs. I-a citit (not the same as L-a citit) (He read him vs He read to him)
A citit-o vs. I-a citit (not the same as L-a citit) (He read her vs He read to her)
Ne-a citit vs. Ne-a citit (He read us vs He read to us)
V-a citit vs. V-a citit (He read you vs He read to you)
I-a citit vs Le-a citit (He read them vs He read to them) (masculine)
Le-a citit vs Le-a citit (He read them vs He read to them) (feminine)
The one constant is the “-” before each verb. You can never write ma, tea, la etc. This “-” separates the pronoun from the past tense verb.
You may have noticed that the well-known accusative short forms also change according to the tense of the verbs.
When placed before past tense verbs, these pronouns change as below
Mă turns into m.
Îl turns into l (l from law).
O goes at the end of the verb!
Te, ne and le don’t change.
Vă turns into v.
Îi turns into i.
Below is the same list of transformations for the dative pronouns
Îmi turns into mi.
Îți turns into ți.
Îi turn into i.
Ne and le don’t change.
Vă turns into v.
A ajuta – To help
Glumă (f.) – Joke (Pl. Glume)
Intenţie (f.) – Intention (Pl. Intenţii)
Intenţionat – Intentionally
A adăuga – To add
A înlocui – To replace
A şterge – To delete
Greşeală (f.) – Mistake (Pl. Greşeli)
Din greşeală – By mistake
Nevastă (f.) – Wife (Pl. Neveste)
Coincidenţă (f.) – Coincidence (Pl. Coincidenţe)
Altceva – Something else
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