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Bună ziua! Since I’m currently learning Romanian I wanted to make a post about how the personal pronouns and the different forms work (because I found them a little difficult at first)

Again, I’m not Romanian so apologies if there are any mistakes!

Subject Forms

[These are generally left out because the verb endings tell you which person is saying which (with the exception of he/she and them), unless you want to make an emphasis!]

  • Eu - I
  • Tu - You
  • El - He
  • Ea - She
  • Noi - We
  • Voi - You (p)
  • Ei - They (Males + Females)
  • Ele - They (Females)

[there is also the pronoun dumneavoastră which is a formal “you” but I’m going to leave it out in this post; it acts like the pronoun “voi” though]

For the following examples I’ll be using this verb for now; a întreba (to ask). The verb conjugated in the present tense:

(Eu) întreb             
(Tu) întrebi          
(El/Ea) întreabă  
(Noi) întrebăm
(Voi) întrebați
(Ei/Ele) întreabă

Object Forms

  • - Me
  • Te - You
  • Îl - Him
  • O - Her
  • Ne - Us
  • - You (p)
  • Îi - Them (Males + Females)
  • Le - Them (Females)

The object forms of the personal pronouns always go in the beggining (second if you’re using the subject form). So:

(Eu) te întreb - I am asking you
(Tu) mă întrebi - You are asking me

Okay, seems easy enough? Let’s see how they change when the verb is in the past tense.

a întreba conjugated in the past tense:

(Eu) am întrebat
(Tu) ai întrebat
(El/Ea) a întrebat
(Noi) am întrebat
(Voi) ați întrebat
(Ei/Ele) au întrebat

The first part of the verb in the past tense (am, ai, etc.) are called an auxiliary verb. They are actually the verb “to have.” So how do the object form of the personal pronouns go with a verb in the past tense? They change a little bit, and they act as a sort of “affix” with the auxiliary verb. These are:

  • m- (me)
  • te- (you)
  • l- (him)
  • -o (her)
  • ne- (us)
  • v- (you; p)
  • i- (them; males + females)
  • le- (them; females)

Important: The personal pronoun for ea “she” acts as a suffix (so it goes at the ending) not an affix (instead of the beginning!)

Examples:
(Eu) te-am întrebat - I asked you
(Tu) m-ai întrebat - You asked me
(El) ne-a întrebat - He asked us
(Noi) am întrebat-o - We asked her

Okay so the next form is the Dative case (or the “To-Someone Object Pronoun”). Remember the “to-someone”, because the question for the Dative case is “To Whom?” So for example you want to say, “I am speaking English to you,” the you in this sentence is in the Dative form. The pronouns are:

  • îmi - to me
  • Îți - to you
  • Îi - to him/her
  • Ne - to us
  • - to you (p)
  • Le - to them

So, “I am speaking English to you” would be: (Eu) îți vorbesc engleza

What about the past tense? Again, these are affixes, so:

  • mi- (to me)
  • ți- (to you)
  • i- (to him/her)
  • ne- (to us)
  • v- (to you; p)
  • le- (to them)

Examples:
(Eu) ți-am vorbit - I spoke to you
El mi-a promis - He promised me
(Noi) Le-am dat - We gave them

There is also a second Dative form (double dative/stressed) but it is used to emphasize the subject of a verb. I will not go into detail about this because I think the ones I covered are more important, but I don’t wanna leave this out so take a look at this link about the verb “to like”, there is more about the double dative!

I hope this post was helpful! 🇷🇴🇷🇴🇷🇴

This post is inspired from these two (x x) videos.

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Du-te plimbă ursul! (Go walk the bear) - Go Away! 

Frec menta (I’m rubbing the mint) - I’m doing nothing 

Tai frunze la câini (I’m cutting leaves for the dogs) - I’m doing nothing 

Trag un pui de somn (I take a chick of sleep) - I take a nap 

Ai luat țeapă! (You got impaled) - You got fooled!

Mă bagi în ceață! (You put me into the fog) - I don’t get/understand it! 

Când va zbura porcul (When pigs fly) - Never ever 

Nu sunt în apele mele (I’m not in my water) - I’m not in the mood 

E floare la ureche (Flower at ear) - Easy Peasy/Piece of cake 

Mă scoți din pepeni! (You draw me out of the melons) - You are driving me crazy! 

În puii mei! (In my chicks) - Dammit! 

Ești varză! (You are cabbage) - You suck! 

Sunt la mama naibii! (I’m the devil’s mom) - I’m in the middle of nowhere! 

Ai sărit calul! (You jumped the horse) - You crossed the line 

Mi-a sărit muștarul (My mustard jumped) - I blew up (in fury)/I burst a blood vessel