"Brother has neither cat nor dog."
Translation:У брата нет ни кошки, ни собаки.
Is it just me or is it weird to hear "Brother" rather than "My brother" for example.
You're right. We need a possessive pronoun here. Even "The brother..." would work better, but would be very unusual.
I agree, we don't know if it is "his brother" "her brother" or "my brother" I guess it's given the way it is because it makes grammatical sense in Russian but the way it's given in English it could even be a name, although I didn't dare try to put бродер (partly because I don't know how to spell or replace that "th" sound.. )
Yeah, but when I left off an article in a similar sentence, Duolingo woudn't accept it.
Is нет needed in this case? Would this also be valid? У брата ни кошки ни собаки.
I also was wondering this. It bothers me that they use double negatives for a single negative ... Sooo in Russia, does a quadruple negative equal a positive?
@Laurens110450: У брата ни кошки ни собаки. is technically a valid sentence, however for some reason 'нет' usually remains without omission is sentences of this type.
@zKTH5: When in Russia, do as the Russians do ;) If you're interested, you can go to the "English from Russian" tree, people there moan and groan about the indefinite article, which in their opinions does not mean a thing and therefore must be dropped.
A quadruple negative in Russia goes like this, Никто ничего ни о ком не знает. - Nobody does not know nothing about no one. And no, it does not make the statement positive :-p
Yes, my Kazakhstani (native Russian speakers) students moan and groan about articles in English and try to explain to me that they are useless.
I thought that subjects following the use of genitive possessive phrases like у брата stayed in the nominative
You'll notice the Нет after У брата. That's a telltale sign that something after it is going to be genitive as well.
The issue is with the letter к in the stem of both these words. Certain Russian letters cannot be follwed by the letter ы. The Russian letter к is one of these. Instead of ы, the letter и follows.