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"У тебя есть камень?" is a question about general stone. if you were talking about a specific stone you'd say "камень У тебя?" (assuming the other person knows what stone you mean). and if it was me.. I'd play it stupid.. I wouldn't tell you that I have the philosopher's stone!! :P
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I looked this up and couldn't find any evidence of it, although I did find this in Wiktionary with some interesting definitions:
- stone, rock
- (medicine) calculus, stone
- (figuratively) weight
- (computing slang) processor
Processor is a pretty interesting one, and might make this question useful!
Wouldn't 'Do you have stone?' also be a correct translation? I mean in a sense like when you ask for stone as a material i.e.
I am a bit confused as I can't find any part in this Russian sentence that says it is supposed to be 'a' stone.
Is there any way to distinguish stone (single piece) from stone (material)?
And indeed you might be right. The word камин came via the Latin "caminus" = "oven, hearth" into several European languages. It was borrowed from Greek "κάμινος" (kaminos) and that again is suspected to come from the Protoslavic "kamy" = "stone" (among other suspects). So, it might really be the same word after a long travel through half of Europe.
Could you ask this to somebody, referring to a kidney stone? Like we do in English? Like, you get back from the doctor and a family member says something like "Did they find a stone?/do you have a stone?"
I did look up Kidney Stone on google translate, just out of curiosity. почечный камень is what it is, apparently. I guess this is just a kind of specific stone, haha.
From reading the comments I see that the translation of this sentence has changed a lot. Now, the right answer come as "do you have rock?". That's wrong, in English.
With the exception of one mentioned meaning, this sentence in Russian is inadequate for almost anyone beginning to study a language. If it was only one or two sentences... But there are so many that don't make sense.
There are exercises repeating wether we have or don't have doors "Do we have doors?". No, we don't. Unless one's working in a construction store, we normally don't have doors. Our buildings, houses, cars, rooms, have doors.
We do very much appreciate your efforts and work, so it's a pity to waste it in exercises which are not the best for our learning, while they could be changed. This is simply a suggestion. It would raise the quality of Duolingo, I think.
PS . In the application I'm using most of the times, I can report, but can't say why.
Камня would be Genitive. The sentence is literally saying: "Is there to/at/by you a stone?"... so, stone is the subject of the sentence. Therefore, it is in the Nominative (base) case.
You would see Genitive if the sentence were asking if there is NO stone, because then the concept would be "Is there by you none OF stone"?. This would be "У тебя нет камня"? Of course, the English version would use different words for the concept: "Do you have no stone?"
So... Genitive is used for negation, for saying "none of something". When you are saying just "something", you use the Nominative. Also, when you are using numbers, like "two of something", or "many of something", then you again use Genitive.
Is there NONE of stone --> Genitive Is there A LOT OF stone --> Genitive Is there a stone --> Nominative
When a person has something, you use "у ... есть".
If you remember:
I have ... = у меня есть ...
you have ... = у тебя есть ... etc.
you will do just fine.
"В" is mostly used when you say "in" in English. Although there are a few exceptions where you use "на". In this case, it is best to remember:
park = парк, in the park = в парке
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