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"Девочка - это ребёнок."

Translation:A girl is a child.

November 4, 2015



I still don't understand how это fits into this sentence. Could some explain this please?


Without actually being proficient in Russian (so please, if someone more knowledgeable than me knows better, correct me), it seems to me like adding the "это" makes it into a more general statement about what girls are. You're saying that girls are children, while saying just "Девочка - ребёнок" could mean "The girl is a child" as in a particular girl. From what I've gathered, since there's no "the" or equivalent in Russian, they would use things like word order, or maybe things like this to convey those nuances.


Is дети just a really irregular plural for ребёнок, or are they two different words?


It is actually an irregular plural for ребёнок. I wouldn't believe it at first either, but all the Russian speaking people have assured me it is so, and the dictionary searches appear to support this statement.

For information on words and the conjugation and other such words in English, here's a handy dandy website Theron passed me when I ran into this exact same issue.


You can fill out whatever word you are curious about, and it will open a new window with morphological information about it. This means, all cases are shown. It does not, however, take the accented letters, so instead of ребёнок, be sure to use ребенок to prevent it from throwing an error at you.

You'll note the page is showing both singular and plural, and that дети is shown as its base pluralised version, with the ending adjusted for each of the causes. (If you've not yet run into the causes yet, don't worry, it'll show itself in time. And when it does, you'll have this website to make your life a whole lot easier. :3 )


(I guess this comment is only for new viewers, because the original one is 5 years old now.) I've heard that they had the word дитя for singular дети but now it's just used for religion or poetry, stuff like that


Could you say "Дебочка - ребёнок", or would that have a different meaning?


Yes it'd be unclear what you mean like "a girl a child"


How would it be unclear? "Девочка - это ребёнок" can translate into both "A girl is a child" AND "The girl is a child", according to "Duolingo". I do not understand why the sentence isn't "Девочка - ребёнок"?


This sentence left me gobsmacked. I started to wonder if it was functioning as a topic marker similar to Japanese は, and whaddya know it on the wiktionary page for это is a note: "One of the uses of this form is to connect subject and predicate as kind of topic or subject marker" which also clarifies with an example about soy milk that the это is optional in this use case.


As has been noted elsewhere, word order is used to convey emphasis in Russian. Thus, one way to interpret the structure "x - это y" may be "as for (a) x, it is (a) y," or, to use a more natural but purely orthographic English equivalent, "x: y"

But don't translate it that way or Duo gonna wreck ur day


It looks like an ad with a tagline: Girl — It's a child.


I put "The girl is this child" and was marked wrong. Could the sentence mean that or would that be put differently?


Wouldn't that be етот, or do I just speak very bad Russian? :)


I think "Этот девочка - ребёнак" would translate to "This/that girl is a child" while "Девочка - ребёнак" translates to "A/the girl is a child". Though I am not sure.


"Этот девочка" is ungrammatical, it has to be "эта девочка". Also "ребёнок". Your interpretation of the sentences is correct, but in definition sentences like this you should use "это" and say "девочка - это ребёнок", literally something like "A girl - this is a child".


I was wondering the same. If это usually would mean 'this' why would it be wrong in this case?


If we want to say "Girl-this is a boy" what shall it be in Russian language please


I have to ask something just to make it clear, is ребёнок a boy or the child in the general (without knowing what is the gender of the child) and is ребёнка a girl? Is that the reason why this cannot be translated like "the girl is this child" because that sentence would be like "девочка - это ребёнка"?


Ok a I just saw that I did make mistake because the word ребёнка means the same as ребёнок but it's just in the different case... sometimes it's not good to think in different language and to take a logic of different language to learn yourself Russian lol ( I'm Serbian and we have a similar language like Russian)


How this can't be "This girl is a child"?


Could you do "A girl that is a child."?


No, I think that would be something like девочка, кто есть ребёнок. I don't think I should use есть there, but my brain at the moment is refusing to tell me what it should be.


OK. It has "that is" as a translation of это.


This literally means something like, "A girl - that is a child", but we wouldn't normally say it like that in English.


Don't they have any word like "is" to cover these use cases in Russian language and do they really use dash ( - ) to cover these situations in writing, as Duolingo constantly suggests? This seems pretty strange.


I think the closest they might get is "was" being был


If there is an ё, do you say "jo"?


I don't understand what is this word meaning ._. A girl and a boy, is absolutely a child, right?


Why should a girl be a child?


well this could also be understood as "girl- this is a baby", like when ur explaining yknow?


I'm not Russian but I think in that case it would have a comma instead of a dash (if you're talking to the girl in the sentence)


Here what is the role of это


What about: "This child is a girl?" This is the way, I understood it, but was marked wrong. Could it also be possible?


That's not what the Russian sentence says. The Russian sentence tells us what "девочка" means. "What is "a girl"?" - "A girl is a child." Your suggestion instead informs us about the gender of some child.


I really think it should be "девочка - ребенок". Or what do you think?


What is the meaning of y. I should know that but it isn't coming to mind.


Oh God, what a fun to refresh Russian with English app after years of learning it in Czech. :D


How to say: A girl is THIS child?


Девочка эта ребёнок. Although the sentence doesn't make any sense. It should be "This child is a girl". In which case, Эта ребёнок девочка.

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