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"Are there snakes in the city?"

Translation:В городе есть змеи?

November 4, 2015


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Can есть be omitted here? I am trying to figure out when it can be omitted and when not. Any rules or guidance?

November 17, 2015


The word "есть" emphasizes the existence of the object of a conversation.

The choice without "есть" means in Russian "are there snakes or other animals in the city?".

The choice with "есть" means exactly "does the city have snakes?".

June 19, 2016


What about just "Змеи в городу?", why doesn't this work? Thanks!

October 10, 2017


I imagine because "The snakes are in the city?" implies you already know about the existence of the snakes.

March 18, 2019


Ok, but "there are birds on the tree" is "на дереве птицы" without есть, isn't it?

January 31, 2018


So is it a construction like "У ... есть" as it means "by ... there is"? So that "В ... есть" means "in ... there is"

September 28, 2018



June 22, 2019


Would one always say "In the city, there are snakes?", or would it be correct to write "Есть змеи в городе?"?

November 4, 2015


В городе есть змеи? is the most natural translation. As it's often the case with word order, Есть змеи в городе? is not wrong, but feels unnatural out of the context. It could be used in a dialog like this:

--- В городе есть крокодилы, панды, жирафы...

--- А змеи есть в городе?

--- The city has crocodiles, pandas, giraffes...

--- But are there snakes in the city?

November 4, 2015


Мучас грасяс

October 2, 2018


But it got marked wrong.

August 25, 2018


Это так полезно! Спасибо!

June 22, 2019


Yes, it just affects the emphasis depending on context, as slycelote says.

In conversation, though, inflection is more than half the battle. As a rule, spoken Russian word order is VERY free, so long as syntactical units stay together (like prepositions and their objects).

December 10, 2015


That's exactly the impression I've got from my own very limited exposure and understanding of Russian. To be able to communicate effectively, you can use a lot of things that are "wrong" here on Duolingo (and what people, including me, spend a lot of time discussing in detail).

I think I'm developing a real instinct here!

May 10, 2018


I wrote "Есть змеи в городе?" and it said I was wrong!

March 15, 2016


I think the order defines the question here. It seems like what you wrote would be a sort of rhetorical question after discovering, surprisingly, that there are snakes in the city (of all places).

July 20, 2019


I'm tired of these mf snakes on this mf city

April 9, 2019


Why is "змеи есть в городе?" not correct?

October 13, 2016


It's ok, I think it will be added soon. Report it next time.

October 23, 2016


I did the same now and still marks it as wrong

March 15, 2018


Fixed now.

May 31, 2018


I feel dumb for asking this, but could someone please explain the sentence structure in this sentence?

December 7, 2017


"Есть ли в городе змеи?" Why this translation is not accepted?

January 28, 2018


Have you tried to read the discussion from the start? It seems this question has already a response

December 28, 2018


What's wrong with 'В городе - змеи?'

June 18, 2019


I want to know too.

October 10, 2019


I put "В городе находятся змеи?" It marked it as being wrong, but what interests me is how the correct answer was this:

"В городе водятся змеи?"

Why was my previous answer wrong, and more importantly, could someone explain the word водятся?

Thank you in advance.

June 14, 2017


Находяться is purely geographical. I've only heard it to describe or ask where something is located, not if it is there. I'm not familiar with водятся

February 28, 2018


Would not snakes being in a city be classified as "geographical?"

In my near 2 years learning Russian, including the eight months since I posed this question, I have never come across водятся, save for this sentence. Not even my Russian dictionary has an entry for it. So I'll probably survive without it. But if anyone knows this word водятся, then please do expound on it.

February 28, 2018


"Есть ли змеи в этом городе?" Can I write like that?

March 4, 2018

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it's correct

January 30, 2019


This is absolutely correct

March 4, 2018


Sometimes "есть" means "to eat," except when it doesn't. So why does it mean "to be" this time? Totally random confusion; I'll NEVER figure this language out.

May 2, 2018


”Есть“ does mean “to eat”; it never means “to be”, though, that is “быть”. It also means “is/am/are”, and the way to distinguish the two meanings is that one is an infinitive (to eat), while the other is a verb in the present tense (is/am/are). If you see “у (noun in genitive case) есть”, this always means that the noun in the genitive case has something. Don’t worry, you will get used to it faster than you could ever imagine!

May 2, 2018



August 3, 2019


Seems more like it's saying, "In the city, has snakes."...

May 12, 2018


В самолёте есть змеи?

May 31, 2018


What about У города змеи? Because there were other examples with "у" in this lesson and I cannot see a difference.

September 12, 2018


I thought "tam" meant there

October 27, 2018


This is written out like, " in the city it has snakes" right?

December 9, 2018


could someone tell me why "в городе это змея?" is wrong? I'm a bit confused because the exercises "there is a tree here too" and "is there a bathroom in the park?" use "это" if I remember well.

December 13, 2018

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С третьего раза смог подобрать порядок слов, который принимается. Может добавите и другие?

January 30, 2019


"В городе змеи есть." Это грамматически неправильно? Почему?

February 10, 2019


Is "змеи есть в городе?" correct, and how does it differ from "в городе есть змеи?"?

June 1, 2019


Can someone explain the word order in this please?

June 11, 2019


I think doesn't exist correct answer with latin alphabet because the ь (if i'm not mistaken) is a sign and not a letter.

August 10, 2019


So when translated to english the order of each word in the question is backwards?

September 3, 2019


Есть ли змей в городе??

How about that?!

April 17, 2016


"Змей" is singular, but the sentence from the task requires plural.

October 23, 2016


I used "Est-li smei (plural) v gorode?" I think that should be correct...yes?

November 24, 2017


This is absolutely correct, but the particle "Li" is not in the dictionary of the developers of the site. Unfortunately.

January 28, 2018


"Есть змеи в городе?" - не принято

January 28, 2018


I hate this

March 25, 2019


Why not "нажодится"?

March 14, 2018


In this case, I can not find the correct Russian sentence with the word "находится"

March 15, 2018


I think my translation is also correct

March 19, 2018
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