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"Ты пьёшь молоко?"

Translation:Do you drink milk?

November 5, 2015



Is there any reason пьёшь has a soft sign before the п if ё signifies that the consonant before it should be palatalized anyway?


Soft sign signifies that there should be a pronounced "y" sound, not only palatalisation.


I thought palatalization WAS the act of pronouncing a "y" sound?


Palatalization is the act of pronouncing the consonant closer to a "y" sound. For example "c" in "cute" is palatalized, yet "c" in "cool" is not.


But what's the difference between a consonant being pronounced closer to a "y" sound and a consonant being followed by a "y" sound? "Cute" is already pronounced "kyut", so if you made it "cьute" wouldn't it still be "kyut"? I don't see how the first "ь" in "пьёшь" isn't redundant.


You have to listen to it I guess.

песо (Spanish peso)

пьеса (theater play)

Each of these words are almost homophones, except the first one is palatalized, and the second one has a strong "y" sound.


I found the following information (“Ь - Wiktionary” 2017):

"Less commonly, it just has a traditional orthographic usage with no phonetic meaning (like Russian туш (tuš, “flourish after a toast”) and тушь (tušʹ, “India ink”), both pronounced [tuʂ], but different in grammatical gender and declension), . . . Verbs in the 2nd person singular end in -ешь, -ёшь, -ишь, the final ш (š) is pronounced as [ʂ]."

Our point in case пьёшь , which is 2nd person singular present indicative imperfective of пить, falls under the case where ь has no phonetic meaning.


It's how it conjugates for ты.


What is the difference between пьёт and пьёшь ?


Он пьёт - he drinks. Ты пьёшь - you drink.


Is the use of пьёшь and пьёт determined by the subject?


Definitely. He or she is пьет and you is пьешь. I am sorry, I do not have proper Russian keyboard.


Omitting the diaeresis (two little dots) above the е is perfectly normal and acceptable. They're generally only marked in formal writing, dictionaries, and textbooks, but in informal usage, it's very common to omit them.


If you is пьешь then why is пьете used with вы?


Because Вы requires a different conjugation of the verb too. All verbs have different conjugations based on the subject. я, ты, вы, он/она, мы, они. Good news is, the forms of the verb are usually similar and follow one of two patterns. (this is a hard concept to learn through Duolingo, but a russian textbook would be very helpful in understanding these patterns. Personally, I use Golosa.)


I assumed it was Пьёт- drink Прёшь - drinks/drinking I also dont know how to pronounce it.


Native Russian speakers please correct me on this if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure шь and щ are pronounced the same.


Nope. «Шь» is pronounced the same way as «ш» (which is different from «щ»), the soft sign is here for purely grammatical reasons.


Спасибо! Leaving this mistake here so that others who have the same misconception can see :)


So, I wrote "Are you drinking milk?" and it was marked as correct. However, it states "Do you drink milk?" is also a correct translation. Are they actually the same question in Russian and I just have to tell it apart by context? Or are both translations correct but "a native wouldn't say it that way" for one of them?

I mean, assume that I'm in Russia drinking some drink that looks a lot like milk (but isn't) and a Russian sits down across from me with a nice big cold glass of milk. He looks at me and asks, "Ты пьёшь молоко?" How do I respond? I'm not drinking milk at that moment, but yes, I do drink milk sometimes.


Nice example. It is very clear from context that Russian asks you about current moment of time. That would be too weird to ask you whether you drink milk and if you are drinking something that looks a lot like milk you of course will be able to understand the reason of such unexpected question. Moreover Russian most probably would point to your glass of "not milk" when asking.

But if you still feel misunderstanding you may just ask again "сейчас или вообще?"


I'm not very advanced yet. What does "сейчас или вообще?" mean?


Now or in general.


In Russian there is no difference between "present simple" and "present continuous". :) For all Slavic people - "I am drinking milk" = "I drink milk". In fact, when we learn English, we have hard time understansing when to use simple and when continuous :)


In English, if we ask, "Do you drink milk?" Or, "Do you eat vegetables?", it is a general question asking if someone likes something, or if they usually DO the thing we are asking about. Common examples: "Do you smoke?" "Do you drink?" "Do you exercise often?" "Do you watch TV?" "Do you vote?" --- The auxilliary verb "to do" is used in this case because it is a general inquiry into what someone usually does. ---

If we ask, "Are you cooking?" Or, "Are you watching the President's speech?", it is a question about what someone is doing right now. These are much different questions than, "Do you cook?" or, "Do you watch the President's speeches?". --- The auxilliary verb "to be" (am, is, are) is used in this case because it is a specific inquiry into someone's state of being right now. ---


What a great answer. As a native English speaker, I sometimes have trouble explaining the whys and hows.


Is the translation "You drink milk?" actually incorrect or is it just not included in the correct responses here?


Is there a particular reason I was marked wrong for, "You drink milk"? I was under the impression that we were not forced to invert when translating questions.


because there is a question mark at the end.. implying it to be a question


Can Duo Russian team please make something that shows a full conjugations and tenses of russian verbs? You know , like spanish and german already has... That would be stupendous!


when should I use the У or Ты?


You are probably confused about the "you have" lessons. "У" is a preposition ("at"/"on") and Ты is a pronoun ("you").


Does Ты refer to 2nd person singular, plural or both?


Also can be "Are you drinking milk?"


Can someone conjugate the verb 'to drink' in russian, please?


Thanks for this link!


hi guys. can someone write this sentence, please? i'm confused about the soft signs.


Ты пьёшь мололо́?


How does one type the answer to this using the English transliteration?


"Ty p'yoš' moloko" perhaps?


The English alphabet doesn't have that S. "Ty p'yosh' moloko."


Get a keyboard with english/russian layout. Why are you learning russian if you can't type. After you finish the course, you have to chat online in russian for quite a bit, until you can use it verbally


I don't get why there's a ь before п, in пьёшь, while she's pronouncing the п like a 'b'... Shouldn't it be a hard sign ъ ? Or is she pronouncing wrong ? Or is the ь sign for ё ? But it doesn't make sense since it's already pronounced 'yo'


There are four similar combinations possible: /pʲjo/ (пьё), /pʲo/ (пё), /pjo/ (пъё), and /po/ (по) (and yes, they are apparently all distinguished from one another). In other words, the soft (or hard) sign not only indicates that the consonant is soft (or hard) but also that the vowel is pronounced as if it were at the beginning of a word.


Did anyone else start humming, "Ты пьёшь Лизавета?" Lol


What is the correct answer please? I think it is ti or ty obtain moloko. I have tried various combinations and I cannot move on without the answer! Please help!


OMG, I just realized that a certain instructive inflection of "drink" in Hindi is pronounced as "Piyo", which sounds very similar to the Russian word "Piyosh(i)"!!! Is there any distinct connection in language evolution of Hindi (or late Sanskrit) and Russian?


Well, they are both Indo-European languages


Ofcourse, I do drink milk.


I understand that p'em is drink and p'et seems to be the verb drinking - but what is the difference between p'em and p'esh?


How do you pronounce ь?


It's not pronounced but it makes the consonant before it sound softer.


is it just me , or is the Ты sound flowing into the next word? because i can't hear it properly?


Actually, it's a White Russian.


Would "пьёшь молоко?", work here?


Why is it шь instead of щ?


Would I be correct in assuming that пьёшь refers to the act of drinking and напиток refers to a specific drink?

Or am i being dumb, please confirm


Yes you're correct.


Please someone, invite me to your WhatsApp group.


I understand that the role of the first soft sign in пьёшь is to have a full /i/ sound after the п and not only a palatalization. That I get it. But my question is: is that essentially the same outcome that provides the last и in a word like свидания? Could свидания have been spelled свиданья for that mattter? I know that it's not actually spelled like that, what I mean is: would that hypothetical spelling sound the same that the real one? Would it be possible or there is some spelling rule that decides (I mean something like the "7 letters rule" or something like that)? Is the spelling "ь + я (or е, ю, etc.)" equivalent to "и + я (or е, ю, etc.)" and, if so, are there any rule to predict which one will appear in a certain context? Thanks!


Why is wrong "do you drinking milk"?


You have either to say "Do you drink milk ?" or "Are you drinking milk", you got mixed up between present simple and present continuous ;)


Am I the only one never to hear the question tone in this course ?


could you tell me how to transliterate пьёшь for use on an 'english' keyboard please? Thanks.

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