"The girl has no water."

Translation:У девочки нет воды.

November 4, 2015



У (genitive) нет (genitive)

У девочка(-а+ы-ы+и) нет вода(-а+ы)

У девочки нет воды



http://www.russianlessons.net/grammar/spelling_rules.php (Spelling Rule 1: Ы - И)

July 12, 2018


How do you know when to use есть and when not to?

March 16, 2016


I am no expert, but I got this: When you are talking about something that the subject owns (like "the girl has a book"), you use есть When you are talking about something the subject lacks (like in this case, "the girl has no water", or "the girl does not have water"), you use нет. I hope it was of help!

September 24, 2016


Why do you not use девочка here?

January 11, 2017


Is the pronunciation of воды right?

September 30, 2018


At this point I imagine this to be the conversation of Duoling zoo workers... they have all these cages everywhere with men, women, children, girls and boys, dogs, horses and weirder stuff... And they keep reminding each other: "Look, the girl didn't get her daily dose of apples and bread yet." "The horses have no water!"

November 19, 2018


why it is not correct "девочка не имеет воды"

November 4, 2015


It's a specific structure. In English you use [possessor] have/has, and in Russian it's У [possessor in Genitive] есть [noun in Nom.] or нет [noun in Gen.]. So, in this sentence the girl is a possessor and she does not have water, so вода is in Genitive.

November 4, 2015



November 4, 2015


You can actually use имеет, but it's usually reserved for some official declaration, like "Citizens should have passports when crossing borders" or whatnot, but people don't use it in everyday speech (btw, Russian has too many of those words which they use only officially and never in everyday speech ;-) )

If you say it in normal speech, you risk of sounding way too pretentious.

November 4, 2015


Why is it воды and not вода? Thanks in advance.

September 24, 2016


I believe this is due the genitive case, which is when a pronoun has possession of an object. Same reason яблоко changes to яблоки when a person has possession of the object.

November 21, 2017
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