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"Potrafić" and "móc" - what's the difference?


Mala_Elf 13 | 17  
7 Nov 2007 /  #1
Please, what is the difference between potrafić and móc?

I know that they both mean can, but there must be some difference in use and so far I have been too stupid to figure out what it is... =(
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
7 Nov 2007 /  #2
potrafić is rather used to describe someone's skills - for example potrafię czytać
Ronek 1 | 261  
7 Nov 2007 /  #3
potrafic - you know how to do something, are qualiffied to do it.

moc - its in your power, you can do something if you want to
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
7 Nov 2007 /  #4
potrafić - denotes the ability to do something
móc - persmission, abiltiy or will to do something
krysia 23 | 3,057  
7 Nov 2007 /  #5
potrafić - manage, know how
móc - be able, may
OP Mala_Elf 13 | 17  
7 Nov 2007 /  #6
Thank you =) , so much!
Michal - | 1,865  
8 Nov 2007 /  #7
In a learning sense such as reading the verb umiem can be used, for example umiem czytac whereas moge czytac may refer to the fact that where I am now, such as the light in this room, is adequate.
slick77  
8 Nov 2007 /  #8
potrafić is rather used to describe someone's skills

Right on...
Michal - | 1,865  
8 Nov 2007 /  #9
moc - its in your power, you can do something if you want to

I believe there is also a saying in Polish chciec to moc-which means, more or less, where there is a will, there is a way.

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