"A father is a man."
Translation:Папа — это мужчина.
I think it should be accepted, though adding "это" sounds better for my Russian ear for this sentence. :)
Personal preferences, perhaps? :) Both sentences are correct though. As I stated somewhere before, "это" very often makes a sentence feel more "complete".
Would "Папа ето мужчина" still be grammatically correct? What is the significance of the dash?
Only if you want to say it in a way like 'Dad, he is a man'. If you want convey the fact that dad is a man you usually use 'Папа мужчина'.
It accepted отец - мужчина which pleased me, but would you really translate the generic abstract "a father" with the rather specific personal "Папа" ?
Good question. I would have expected папа to be "dad" with a more formal word for "father". ( like in French, papa vs père )
I belive it's because the russian equivalent, "является," for "is", is not required to be in a sentence. It can be replaced with the dash, "это," or a space. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
That's not true, actually. "Есть" is the infinitive "to eat", but it's also the present tense form of "быть" - to be, so it actually can be translated as "is" sometimes. Javi is trying to use "есть" in this meaning. It doesn't work just because that isn't how Russian works, I can't really explain why.
Father eats men would be "папа есть мужчин".
It's not incorrect, but it would sound awkward. "Быть"(to be) nowadays is usually omitted in the present tense.
Она была здесь.(She was here) Она здесь.(She is here) Она будет здесь.(She will be here)
Карандаш здесь.(The pencil is here) Здесь есть карандаш.(There is a pencil here)
It could be used in formal speech, in some cases when omission would change the meaning of the sentence, to spice up informal speech(not randomly, you have to know if it works).
Why can't "этот" be used instead of "это". I tried to use "этот" in this sentence because I thought the masculine form would be appropriate for a statement about a male person.
I believe that would change the meaning to "The father is this man".