"Tell me again, is my mom at your place?"
Translation:Скажи ещё раз, моя мама у тебя?
Based on how this thread looks, I may not find an answer here, but I have two questions:
1) Why is it "у" versus "в"? How do you determine which to use for "at"?
2) How is "your place" indicated? I'm assuming by "тебя", but I don't quite understand why. I know it is "you" or indicative of speaking directly to someone. It seems to me the translation would be more along the lines of, "Tell me again, is my mom with you?" which can be very different from being at your place.
I looked on the internet and "y" correspond to "by, close to" and "B" correspond to "in, inside". "your place" is a bad translation, in english it would be something like "close to you", which in russian is translated "у тебя". The problem here is that russian and english are very different and some expression just can't be translated in a perfect way
у is used with the genitive, the equivalent of у тебя is at yours, that's why it says " 'y' тебя"
у has the meaning of "at" and "next to" and is used only as a preposition of the genitive case
в is more like "in" and "welcome 'to' ...", and used to say e.g. at 8 o'clock. в is used as a preposition indicating the accusative case
i hope that helped
I think you could use either while still having the same meaning, but your phrase is different from whats supposed to be translated. I also think that it is more formal, which is something you would only use if you were sure that your mom wasn't having some kind of relation you didn't know about.
I think that since the sentence reads as "Tell me again, is my mom at your place?" it implies that it is informal since it is giving a command. Where as if the sentence were "Excuse me, tell me again, is my mom at your place?" the "excuse me" would imply that it is formal and thus more polite in which we would use скажи́те.
Duo is wrong on SO MANY levels here! Being a native Russian who born en grew up in Russia, I can say that they give only one translation while there are several possible and no one of the is wrong. If they put it this way: Tell me..., then it's very strange of them not to accept Скажи мне... Meaning same thing, you can say rather скажи.. or скажи мне in Russian, both are correct. Then - you also can say rather "у тебя" or "у вас", BOTH ways are correct, both mean "at your place. As long as you place вас it's OK. If you use the pollite way of speaking, then you'd say Скажите мне еще раз, моя мама у Вас? So, you would use the capital В (вы - you plural, Вы - singular pollite form) So, as you see there are really many ways to say same thing in Russian, all of them are right, but non of them is accepted by Duo Скажи мне еще раз, моя мама у тебя Скажи еще раз, моя мама у вас Скажите мне еще раз, моя мама у Вас Скажи мне снова/опять, мама моя у тебя (yes, you can switch places as well: моя мама = мама моя. so, that makes even more variations of the translation)
So, since this question seems to create many doubts and a lot of discussion, I'll just try to recap what I've been reading around in other people's posts (I'm not expert, I'm studying Russian myself - please let me know if there's mistakes and I'll edit).
All the following should be correct:
- 1) Скажи [мне] ещё раз/снова/опять, моя мама у тебя?- informally asking one person
- 2) Скажи [мне] ещё раз/снова/опять, моя мама у вас?- informally asking where вас means more than one person (ie a family)
- 3) Скажите [мне] ещё раз/снова/опять, моя мама у Вас? - formally asking one or more people
[optional stuff - correct both with or without]
a/b/c - alternative options all correct
Unfortunately duolingo seems not to accept all the sentences that use мне, any alternative to ещё раз, and the second sentence. As for the first 2 issues, I'm not sure we are supposed to know those words when we first encounter this lesson (yet it would make sense to accept them). As for the last I assume Duo here wants us to focus on the difference between formal and informal, so I can kind of understand not accepting the second sentence.
Answers accepted by Duolingo:
- a) Скажи ещё раз, моя мама у тебя?
- b) Скажите ещё раз, моя мама у Вас?
NB: it makes no sense to complain about it here, as it would only cause unnecessary clutter and notifications to other users. Just report it as "my answer should be accepted", as with any sentence that you're 100% sure (after checking in the discussions) would be a correct answer (I guess false report don't help much correcting the real mistakes, so don't abuse it).
In American English we say "at your place," but also "at your mom's," omitting "place," as it's understood. But in British vernacular you'll hear "shall we meet at yours?" also omitting place, something we don't do in America. But this is common in other languages, namely French: "chez moi," "chez toi," "chez Paul"; and German: "bei mir," "bei dir," etc. So Russian is no different.
Well, you're here to learn, and you'll learn that too. Cluttering the forum with useless comments won't help anyone =) Do you have a question, or you just wanted to complain?
Anyway you can use both formal and informal, just once you use one of the two in the first part, you have to use it on the other too.
You can if you use скажите at the beginning... it would be weird to be informal for half a sentence and formal for the other half... :D
I think this had already been explained in the rest of discussions, please make an effort to read other discussions (you might also learn something else) before asking something that might have been asked already! :)