Polish instrumental case

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asked by
Ania Marysia
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about 2 months ago

Polish instrumental case: Kim jesteś? contrasted with Kto jesteś?

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answered by
Pawel
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about 2 months ago

It is a good question Ania.

The meaning of Kim jesteś? points probably to a profession or a role. You can also ask Kim jesteś z zawodu? Who are you by profession?

Kto jesteś? or Kto ty jesteś? is not used so often and may refer to more general sense: Who are you as a person? I am not sure if this is even correct even thouth a popular Polish poem starts with: Kto ty jesteś? - Polak mały, Jaki znak twój? - Orzeł biały.

Regarding instrumental case in Polish language. I will probably not explain it better than here:

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