Since Russian has no articles, could you also write, They are a mother and father. Or even the?
P̶e̶r̶s̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶n̶o̶u̶n̶s̶ ̶d̶o̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶g̶e̶n̶d̶e̶r̶.̶
I meant plural personal pronouns don't have gender... apparently.
you mean, plural personal pronouns, don't have gender. Obviously, он and она are gendered.
I'm Dutch myself but are mama and papa not some kind of universal way of saying mother and father. Sounds a bit formal to say Mother or mom, and Father or dad
No they are not completely universal but it is common in many countries. In my country we use mama and papa only
Is "my" implied here, or does this just mean they are parents of some unspecified person?
Shouldn't it be "мать и отец"? "Мама и папа" sounds more like "mum/mom and dad". Maybe at this level the exercises should be more precise and literal with this type of terms...
Mama i papa is not mother and father. It is mom and pop or mama and papa. Mother and father = mat' i otets.
I am a native Russian speaker . "They are mom and dad" it will be more accurate, than "They are mother and father".
It is a mistake because mother ans father would be мать и отец. I wrote mom and dad and that should be correct.
Why can't this be written as "Oni mama a papa"? Isn't "a" also used as and?
In my understanding "a" connects dissimilar things while "и" connects similar things, also "и" can be used in listing things the same way we use "and".
I was marked incorrect for "they are the mother and father" which would make grammatical sense
I think it would be more corret with "mom and dad" since I'm Russian there is a different word for "mother" and one for "father"
Why isn't these are mom and dad wrong here? In the sentence before oni was translated as "these" now it is "they" can anyone explain please?
"Why isn't these are mom and dad wrong here?" Why aren't "these are mom and dad wrong here?"
Because they are singular.
If you you use "these" it would mean more than one mother and father"
How the heck am i supposed to type in Russian? I don't even know their alphabet and Duolingo doesn't have some sort of keyboard. Any help with the alphabet and the questions that require me to type in Russian?