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because - what are the diferences between "bo" and "ponieważ"


chaza 50 | 253
18 Sep 2010 #1
what are the diferences between;
bo and ponieważ
they are both (cj) and both mean the same, what are the rules for them.

chaza
alexw68
18 Sep 2010 #2
Formality, primarily. for 'bo' in formal spoken/written Polish 'albowiem' is synonymous with 'ponieważ'. 'Bo' is more conversational.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
18 Sep 2010 #3
what are the diferences between;
bo and ponieważ

There is no difference.

Edit*

'Bo' is more conversational.

Fair point.
McCoy 27 | 1,275
18 Sep 2010 #4
bo

you use that in colloquial language

ponieważ = gdyż = bowiem = dlatego, że < the last one you can use when talking with friends but also with employer, professor etc
OP chaza 50 | 253
18 Sep 2010 #5
would i be ok if i used either of them in my speach and what about gdyż

chaza
Zed - | 195
18 Sep 2010 #6
You would be okay.
OP chaza 50 | 253
18 Sep 2010 #7
thanks

chaza
alexw68
18 Sep 2010 #8
Yes, and you would turn heads & make an impression if you used the formal versions! One of the things I like about Polish is it's considered fine to wax a bit rhetorical sometimes, and so the 'formal' versions aren't uncommon in educated native speech.
nott 3 | 594
18 Sep 2010 #9
'ponieważ' is more bookish, and that's it. In spoken Polish 'bo' prevails.

Oh, no. That's when an amateur tries to be helpful... There's another difference: you can say '(Ponieważ) whatever, (więc) sth else', but you can't use 'bo' in this position. But you can say 'Bo sth', if answering to 'Why xxx?'
alexw68
18 Sep 2010 #10
There's another difference: you can say '(Ponieważ) whatever, (więc) sth else', but you can't use 'bo' in this position. But you can say 'Bo sth', if answering to 'Why xxx?'

Thanks, mate. I learned something new there!


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