"У меня нет кошки."

Translation:I do not have a cat.

November 4, 2015

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why is it 'кошки' if the translation is not plural?


кошки is also the genitive case of кошка. The expression "нет ..." ("there is no ...", "I don't have...") requires genitive case.


So if you want to say "I do not have cats" would it be у меня нет кошкы or something?


I do not have cats - У меня нет кошек.


Ah, interesting. I kind of wish they would show that in the same chapter, though I understand why they may not.


Just watch out for those Slavic plurals ;-) , You have one plural form for 2,3 and 4 things and another form for 5 and above


Believe me, you do not want the genitive plural to be introduced in the same skill that the singular one. Genitive plural is one of the most challenging cases for foreigners, so I think it's much better to introduce firstly the singular one, give people the time to get used to the notion of genitive and its use and only then introduce the plural.


Wow russian is another lvl.


Also, mind that words ending in "к" always take "и" to form their plural form and not "ы". Same applies for "г", "х", "ж", "ч", "ш" and "щ".


Why don't they have at least some of the conjugation theory someplace you can review it all at once? That would really help.


Thanks, that helped me a lot!


I do not have cats; I have one cat. Like that? I assume if you say "у меня нет кошки" [I do not have a cat], you're still meaning "у меня нет кошек" [I do not have cats]. But if you mean like in the first statement, then...


Should be кошек


Well the genitive plurals for nouns aren't exactly ending in И neither of them. They actually end in: "ов, ев, ей, ий, ени or no ending at all" (removed ending). So I guess your question is if this word ends in "а" which makes it femenine, then why does it end in "ы" (knowing "a" is a HARD ending/stem) rather than "и"?... Well that question is answered with this:

Everytime for femenine nouns (or basically everytime your pluralization options are between "ы" or "и") when the consonant BEFORE the last letter ends in either г, к, х, ж, ш, щ, ч, then it would take И rather than Ы. Hope it helps


I'd forgotten what a language headache feels like. Now I remember.


Agreed. This one will be hard to renember.


They should definitely include some declonatupn and conjunction tables in this lessons. It is nightmare otherwise.


If кошка means "cat", then what does "кот" mean?


Кошка is female, кот is male. But in english the default for a group containing both males and females is male, but in russian its female. So i have a male kot and a female кошка, but have 2 кошки. I think! I'm not a native speaker


If Кощки must have the и at the end for the genitive case, then how do you tell if it's plural or not?


Someone else pointed out that it would be У меня нет кошек. I guess once you're fluent, you quickly understand that in genitive, the и isn't plural.


I'm starting to understand why people are saying that Russian is one of the harder languages to learn.

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    "кошек" is genitive plural...and in the audio it's not mentioned...


    Why is it "кошки" not "кошкы"?


    Why i need the word ''a'' before cat?


    Because in English when you're referring to a nonspecific cat , you have to say "a cat" if you're referring to a specific cat oh, you say "the cat"

    If you say "I don't have cat" it's not proper English, and it sounds like you don't have the person or animal named "cat"


    Does the genitive negation also applies when talking about specific entities. For example, would "I don't have THE cat" also be said "у меня нет кошки"? спасибо!


    Кошка or кошки in this sentence. Is it a common mistake made also by native Russian speakers?


    The correct word would be кошки. When a singular noun gets negated, it undergoes the genitive case and gets the appropriate gendered singular ending. If it was, I do not have catS, it would then be у меня нет кошек.


    Did I know that if it's "a" at the end it says "ы" why put "и"??


    The best answer "i have not a cat"


    Why is the genitive of кошка, кошки? Isn't -а supposed to turn -ы and -я to -и?

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