"This person is by the door."
Translation:Этот человек у двери.
I'm actually using the mobile app and this forum is super helpful in getting links to understanding or finding it in others' answers. When you tap the little box from the answer screen you'll find the forum. The flag keys you report a flaw/question/suggestion...Have fun learning Russian!!
I love Huliganov's channel. He's an awesome linguist and has really thought a lot about how to teach a language. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CUVNA_loG_o&list=PL62077C49F5A58BEE&index=14
http://www.russianlessons.net/grammar/nouns_gender.php Gender in Russian is more about the ending of the word. Rocket is feminine cause it ends it "a".
Двери is either nominative plural or genitive singular. The "word" у is always followed by genitive case. You can figure out if it's nominative plural or genitive singular by understanding the word's part in the sentence. In this case because у is followed by genitive, you know that the Двери you see must be in genitive case, therefore the only option is for it to be genitive singular. But you are right, many time gentive singular and nominative plural are the same (Девочки for example), but not always!
I still don't personally understand why this is gentitive case. Gentitive is the possessive form of a noun. I mean the door owns the person, the perosn owns the door? I'm sure I am supposed to understand something else to make this make sense but at the moment I'm stuck.
Thank you for your help. Is there a way to catergorise these prepositions? So I know when to use gentitive instead of learning all gentitive prepositions? I can't seem to give those examples that you have given a frame or category, so I can know what to look out for when to know when I need to use gentitive for the nouns that follow them.
Akiyumax, the first time I ran into the Case system, I freaked out a little, too. Certain languages, like Russian, German, and Latin conjugate not only verbs, but nouns, too, depending on how they are used. For example, if you are giving someone a bicycle, the word bicycle would be conjugated differently than if you are riding the bicycle, or if you rode the bicycle habitually. I still struggle with it. But with the case system, you can convey a lot more information and fewer words, once you can decode it. Good luck!
A typo is usually when your answer is almost the same as one of the accepted answers, with 1 mistake per word allowed (a wrong letter, a letter missing, an extra character or two characters swapped) as long as it is not a different word altogether (e.g., емть is a typo of есть, but ест would be a mistake).
It works best for in-house languages.
У is one of a huge group of prepositions that require the Genitive case. For most words, this form would be different from the Nominative form:
- у мамы, у кошки, у тарелки
- у стола, у брата, у дома, у мальчика,
- у окна, у молока
- у двери, у кровати, у мыши
(the only exception would be indeclinable loanwords like кафе, Маргарет, радио etc.)
There are also prepositions около and возле ("near"), which use the same form of the noun (e.g., около двери, около дома).
You should never use "to be" in present tense, so yes, for @snowdove, that answer is incorrect. стоит means that something is standing somewhere or placed somewhere.
Since this is a "to be" sentence, a verb isn't needed in Russian, which is why the accepted answer is in fact acceptable :)
It's very difficult to learn when I don't have the Russian characters on my keyboard, so I have to use American letters but then when I get it wrong, my correction is in Russian. I can't type in Russian anyway, but it also doesn't give a way to switch it and see what the answer would be in the other form.
I downloaded the Cyrillic keyboard from windows and then downloaded a photo of a Cyrillic keyboard and taped it to my laptop, next to the touchpad. I can almost touch type Cyrillic now, lol. I still keep forgetting where X is, though. But the more common letters like И Д П Э З л are getting easier.
Are you using Android? On my phone, if I set multiple languages in settings' device's language on my phone, I can change the language of the keyboard by swiping the space. (It has little arrows if it has more languages on that list.) Just don't forget to keep a language on the top of that list that you understand (in settings: device's language), otherwise you end up setting everything on your phone to russian and you might have trouble switching back to English.