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"The girl has everything."

Translation:У девочки есть всё.

November 4, 2015



Why is the genitive case девочки when that word ends in an -a in the nominative? I've gone through this genitive lesson MANY times and I still don't understand why I'm making the mistakes I do. It's incredibly confusing. There are so many exceptions.


It's because of the 7-letter rule:

The 7-letter rule: Whenever you make any form of a word, and you need to write И or Ы, check this: after К, Г, Х and Ш, Ж, Щ, Ч always use И



Thanks for the hint :) i already used in Polish too.


Wouldn't девочки translate to "girls"?


It is because it is in the genitive case ('of the girl' / 'y devochki'). If the sentence were in the nominative case, you are right that it would mean "girls".


Wil every genitive end with и or ы?


It's both nominative plural and genitive singular. Welcome to Slavic languages :-)


Just like girl's and girls in English save for the unpronounced apostrophe. And Latin and Scottish Gaelic sometimes do something similar. It's an Indo-European thing.


Is есть absolutely necessary here, and if it is, how do you know from the English version of the sentence that it is? Or would it also be correct to omit есть ? (I got marked wrong for doing so.)


No, you should not omit "есть" here.

Mostly, you omit "есть" when you focus on the object one has, not on the fact of having it. It may also mean that someone is holding something (not necessarily owning it). Like: У девочки яблоко, а у мальчика груша - The girl has an apple, and the boy has a pear.


I translated "the girl has everything" as "у этой девочки ", but correctly it should have been "у девочки". Why? I think both are correct, since Russian doesn't have the definite / indefinite article.


Because its the not this


I have a question. How can Russian differentiate ест and есть? So confusing..


There is a different big thread about that. These are two different words written differently and pronounced differently. есть is infinitive "to eat" or present indicative of to be so either "is" or "are". ест means (he, she, it) "eats" or "is eating".


Why not 'У девочки - всё' ?


Aha, I learned why since I did post this question, so I'll answer my own question. The '-' is only used when the verb 'есть' is omitted in present form between two nouns. Otherwise, no '-' is used.


How do you type есть in the Latin alphabet? It keeps rejecting 'est' and 'yest'


Just download the Russian alphabet. Not sure how on Apple, but on Android it's super easy and extremely helpful.


It seems to be very inconsistent. On most questions it seems to accept est but some (like this one, which I just got wrong also!) don't accept it. I think you may need to write est' with a ' at the end. But maybe someone could correct me if I'm wrong.


Yes, I am having this problem throughout the course. In general, the transliteration option is working well and systematically and allows one the choice of whether or not to use the punctuation marks for soft signs, etc.

However, this one word, есть, seems to refuse to transliterate into any form. I've tried it with and without the apostrophe for the soft sign and have also tried the 'yest' variant, but still no luck.

Fortunately, this word seems to be used less frequently later in the course so it is not too much of an issue.


У этой девушки есть все. -- Here is another right version.

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