- czy (conjunctive, interrogative particle) = whether, if, (disjunctive) or
- czyż nie? = or isn’t it?
- czyżby? (interrogative) = is that so? can that be?
Hi, can anyone explain the difference between czy (which seems a lot more common) and czyż? Looking at the examples above is czyż usually teamed with a negation? Thanks!
“Czyż” is quite archaic and literary, and mainly used in rhetorical questions or for the dramatic effect.
“Czyż nie?” is probably the most common use of this particle.
Thanks, as it archaic/literary, that perhaps explains why I’ve not seen it on CM before. From a learner’s perspective it is probably just OK to know it/use it in the context of ‘czyż nie’ and be able to recognise it in other contexts.