Personal Pronouns

What are Pronouns?

Pronouns are words that can take the place of nouns. For example, in English the following are pronouns: he, she, it, they, we. Here is an example how a pronoun takes the place of a noun:

[content_box_paper_white width=”100%”]Jane called Martin. She called Martin. She called him.[/content_box_paper_white]

The Bulgarian Personal Pronouns can be Nominative (subject pronouns), Accusative (direct object pronouns) and Dative (indirect object pronouns). In the following table you can see the Nominative case.

Bulgarian Pronouns

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Let’s see and hear some examples.

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You already know how to introduce yourself in Bulgarian: Аз съм [wlm_firstname]. In this phrase you use the personal pronoun with the verb съм. The equivalent in English is I am [wlm_firstname]. As the verb “съм” is quite fundamental, let’s see the same table with “съм” in it:

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Here are some more examples from the previous lesson:

Аз съм добре (I am fine)
Аз съм от Лондон (I am from London)
Аз съм студент (I am a student)

[membership_headline]Polite Form[/membership_headline]

In English, there is no clear polite form in speech. In Bulgarian, if you address someone formally, you have to speak to him in plural second person. This means that you cannot say “Ти си” when you want to be formal. Instead you should address the other person as “Вие сте”. For example:

[content_box_paper_white width=”100%”]Ти си от Австралия? (You are from Australia?) – informal
Вие сте от Австралия? (You are from Australia?) – formal[/content_box_paper_white]

When using the formal form you should address people with Господин/Госпожа (Sir/Madam).

Note that, the Bulgarian verbs inflect by person. This mean that when you address someone formally, the verbs ending changes. We will learn more about the verbs’ inflection in the next module. For now, you only have to remember that when you want to be formal, you have to speak in plural second person, even when addressing a single person.

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Personal Pronouns

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The Verb “съм”

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