I don't understand this translation, isn't 'девочки' plural, meaning 'girls'?
it is not plural but genitive: "у девочки есть ..." = "the girl has ..." singular "у девочек есть ..." = "the girls have ..." plural
It's quirks like this that remind me my Russian isn't as good as I think it is. I'm very used to reading in Russian, and in a book, article, or blog post, context would tell me this is singular.
Looking at isolated sentences however, I actually have to remember non-intuitive plurals!
I got this one right only because I thought:
Hang on a minute, the girls have everything, but I thought that was the nominative plural, yet it must be genitive because у... есть; is the genitive plural the same as the nominative plural?
Then hovered over the word to see, and behold, genitive singular looks like what one would expect the nominative plural to look like if, like me, one pays the bare minimum of attention to grammar lessons in favour of leaping into reading / listening / etc, hoping to pick up the finer points of grammar as one goes along.
Ironically, as DL famously "doesn't teach much grammar", I find it most useful for exactly that, because it'll highlight my errors, so I learn as I go.
Duolingo teaches grammar, just not as a list of grammatical rules to memorize. They teach it by exposure to the grammar.
I don't know what your talking about and still, I've made it this far. Who needs grammar
What does genitive mean? I like learning languages but i dont know any of the language learners language.
Genitive case is used to associate a noun with an "owner". In English, we might associate genitive case with the phrase "of the ...". For example, in "The book of the song." The phrase "of the song" would be replaced by the genitive case of the noun for "song" in a language with cases. In the phrase "song book", the genitive case of the noun for song would modify this to clearly denote that it means " the book of the song" instead of " the song of the book", for example.
"The girl eats everything" would be "Девочка ест всё".
It's true that "Есть" can mean "To eat", but it can't mean "Eats". You need the present tense form of a verb in order to use it in the present tense.
There's so little grammatical explanation on the app version of Duolingo, yet in the comments everyone is discussing grammar terms I've never even heard of. I want to learn how to speak, and the grammar also.
Why is the translation in this example девочка -> девочки rather than девочка -> девочкы?
I've looked at some other Russian language learning sites which say the ending of a feminine noun in the genitive case, such as девочка, removes the -a ending and replaces is with -ы. On that same note, if the feminine noun ended in -ь, then the ending for the genitive case would be changed to -и.
So... is the translation incorrect, are these other sites incorrect, or am I misunderstanding the translation entirely?
Nouns ending -ка/-га/-ха change to -ки/-ги/-хи in genitive (верёвка -> верёвки, пурга -> пурги, блоха -> блохи) Also nouns ending on -ча/-ща or -жа/-ша do the same (алыча -> алычи, праща -> пращи, спаржа -> спаржи, парша -> парши).
Spelling rule: never write кы, хы гы. Whenever you would do so, write ки, хи, ги instead.
I know it's late to ask this but i just have to; what are the Russian cases and what do they mean? Thank you!
Why is it "the girl"? It seems pretty random to me, sometimes you use definite article, sometimes indefinite
If you wrote a girl and it was marked as wrong, report it :) but don't do it if you didn't use any article at all because of the English grammar.
Does всё have any case changes? Is it even a noun? Like, "the girl doesn't have everything." Is it still всё?
Guys do you know any good site to get some valid explanations as far as grammar is concerned?
I desperately need some conjugation tabled! Far more practical than Duo
I don't get why my answer was wrong when I text 'a girl' instead of 'the girl'.
Could it be that she is perfect (I mean, beautiful, intelligent etc.)? Or is just material possession?
There are seven cases:nominative (mianownik), genitive(dopełniacz), dative (celownik),accusative (biernik), instrumental(narzędnik), locative (miejscownik), and vocative (wołacz). These need their own categories in duolingo. I know you push on a word it says blah blah but their needs to be more in depth study of these.
'Part of Your World' from the disney little mermaid just start playing in my head...
Can I use it to, say, describe a girl I like? For example, as in "she's pretty, smart and talented. She has it all!"
Without the context this phrase is not very clear. It seams that it talking about the daughter of a russian billionaire. If you want to describe her or to compliment girl. You need to list after this phrase what you mean. For example. У Маши есть всё. Ум, красота и талант.