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"Это девочка?"

Translation:Is it a girl?

November 4, 2015



How would we know this is indefinite and not definite, as in, "Is this the girl?"


"Is this the girl?" will be pretty much as "Это та девочка?"


Huh? That doesn't sound right at all.

There's no definite (or indefinite) articles in Russian. So, the same Russian phrase might mean "Is this the girl" or "Is this a girl".

та simply means that, and is clearly much more emphatic. Someone please correct me if I've said something incorrect here.


It's true that Russian doesn't have articles, but that doesn't mean you can just assume that any article applies to any given translation. "Это девочка?" can only mean "is this a girl?", i.e. "девочка" is a category to which "это" belongs.

In fact, it's impossible to say "Is this the girl?" in Russian exactly the same way as it is an English (hence a lot of Russians having trouble understanding the purpose of the "the" ) so you have to substitute it with the closest equivalent, which is "это та девочка?" using "that" instead of "the" , so ns_shadow's answer was correct.


Could you translate it as "This girl?" . If not, how would you say that?


According to Yandex Translate, "This girl?" translates into "Эта девочка?" Notice it's no longer Это, but Эта. If anyone knows that I am wrong, please correct me. https://translate.yandex.com/?text=%D0%AD%D1%82%D0%B0%20%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%B0%3F%20%D0%AD%D1%82%D0%BE%20%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%B0%3F&lang=ru-en


I hear девочка as Дев'и'чка. Is this the correct pronunciation? If so, why?

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    To me, it sounds as though the о sound is still there; merely it sounds like и because of the ч coming right after


    The intonation, in my opinion, is not enough to recognize this as a question...


    No, the intonation here is absolutely natural for a question :)


    It seems that Это can mean "This is" and "Is this..." as it basically means "this". So in Russian how would "This is a girl" be written differently to the question "Is this a girl?"


    It is about how you put stress on the words. You can do the same in English. For example, "got the keys" can mean, "I've got the keys". Whereas by putting stress on the 'o' and going up at the end of the sentence, as in "gOt the keys?" we can ask a question, "have you got the keys?". In the case of это, stress the э.


    Why it's not эта? Девочка is feminine, right?


    Is the translation "Is this a girl?" acceptable too?


    Thank you. I reported the issue.


    the pronunciation when clicking on the single word девочка is different from the pronunciation when letting the voice read out the whole phrase. why?


    Doesn't use It with persons like did duolingo in this lesson exercise


    Could the word order be changed in the sentence to make it "the girl" instead of "a girl"?


    Can "It is a girl?" work here? I get that in English its a little clunky, but, imagine you were expecting a boy and the doctors told you you were having a boy and you saw the weewee on the ultrasound and picked out the name Carter Joseph and you push and push and push and... "It's a girl?"


    i thought the voice was saying эта девочка, "this girl." -At least i think that is how it would be. again, tripped up by my ear.

    Now, google translate has tripped me up further, after trying to look that up, by spelling it девушка!! Boo, Google.


    Shouldn't it technically be Эта девочка? To become "Is she a girl?"?


    No, that would be "this girl?"


    It wouldn't accept: "That is the girl?"


    Should "is that a girl" also count as a proper translation? "Is it a girl" sounds as though you think that which is being seen is not a person, to me...


    "It's a girl?" should also be accepted. It currently is not.


    I don't know Russian, but when I listen to google I can hear a difference in intonation in the question: is this a girl "ето девочка? " and the statement: ето девочка ( this is a girl).

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