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"Why is there blood here?"

Translation:Почему здесь кровь?

November 4, 2015



I love that this phrase is Russian 101.


The word order was exhaustively debated in the previous lesson "there is". No need to keep arguing over it again.

  • здесь кровь = there is blood here

  • кровь здесь = the blood is here


Could you show me the discussion?? Ty


ah yes i have to ask this all the time


You are entering a public slaughterhouse. Hehe!


I feel as though "Почему кровь здесь?" should be acceptable, given how flexible Russian word order can be. Any reason why that was marked wrong?


Почему здесь кровь? is more like Why is there blood here? and Почему кровь здесь? is more like Why is the blood here? (I marked the semantic emphases with cursive).


Your version shifts emphasis to the location, which is not what the orginial sentence is asking for.

"Why is the blood here if the murder has allegedly happened in the kitchen?"

"Why is the blood here of all places?"


Where English uses articles (a, an/the) to show the "definiteness" of a noun, Russian often uses word order. Moving "кровь" up from behind "здесь" to in front of it changes the definiteness from "(some) blood" to "the blood".


Why isn't есть required in this sentence, since the blood is somewhere you wouldn't expect it to be?


Based on comments elsewhere, the presence of есть in a question signifies questioning whether something exists or not. (есть is not "to be" but more "to exist"). There's no question the blood exists, the question is about why it's present. So, есть is not applicable here.


How about "У вас есть кровь?", are questions about possession special? I was thinking of leaving есть out in the question, but put it in because it's more likely that someone will be shocked about the fact that there's BLOOD, instead of why there's blood again, but in that specific PLACE.


<> - <<Почему там кровь здесь?> Я что-то пропустил в этой жизни?


Why are u asking me dumb questions


Why is this question so relevant in a basic russian course...?

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