"Что это за грибы на столе?"

Translation:What kind of mushrooms are those on the table?

November 6, 2015

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You don't want to know mom


Очень хорошие грибы...


Fun fact: In Greek (my native tongue), you can use a similar syntax to ask this type of question, but it sounds very rude.

"Τι είναι αυτά για μανιτάρια στο τραπέζι;" Ти Инэ афтА я манитАрия сто трапЭзи? (for anyone interested in the pronunciation, since most of you studying this course probably know how to read in Cyrillic at this point)

This is pretty much a word-for-word translation from Russian that's still valid in Greek, but it conveys a different meaning. It's more like "What the f**k kind of mushrooms are those on the table?!" So you use it, in a rude way admittedly, if you see some really weird mushrooms or you want to bash someone's cooking skills. :D

Just wanted to share why I always chuckle when I encounter this particular type of questions in Russian.


It works in German, too: "Was sind das für Pilze auf dem Tisch?" I'd guess it's not as rude as the Greek version, but it certainly isn't a very neutral sentence either. Did you find those in the trash or what?


Same in colloquial Slovenian: "Kaj so to za ene gobe na mizi?" It can be rude or neutral, depends on voice tone.


Kdo bi si mislil, da bi naletel na še enega Slovenca, ki se tu uči rusko. Še isto ime imava.


That sounds like something I'd say to my stoner roomate immediately when getting home


Hahahah, fascinating, "Senate"!


Магические грибы?


Isn't какой more common when asking what sort or kind something is? Какой это грибы? Что за, sounds like something wrong with it. (what's up with the mushrooms?)


Yeah I translated as "Whats with the mushrooms on the table?"


It would have to be "Какие это грибы?" But yeah, "Что за" sounds a bit harsher. :)


Yes, If translated in different directions > "Какие грибы на столе?" but correct answer is "What are the mushrooms on the table" translated "Что это за грибы на столе?" - a more faithful option is from Russian to English.


Wondering the same thing as you guys


When used with the accusative case, за can also mean ‘for’, just as для can mean ‘for’ when used with the genitive case. Recently, I got corrected for writing ‘Большое спасибо для вашего ответа’ (‘Thank you very much for your answer’), instead, it should have been ‘Большое спасибо за ваш ответ’.

If you want to convey the meaning of ‘for’ like in the above mentioned example, when should you use за + Ack. and when should you use для + Gen.?


Why doesn't it translate to "What are those mushrooms on the table for"? Doesn't "Что это за" also mean "what for"?


Not really, that would be "Для чего грибы на столе?" :)


It is perfectly translatable for German:

Что это за грибы на столе? Was das für Pilze auf Tisch? (Was sind das für Pilze auf dem Tisch?)


Das hat sehr geholfen die Phase zu verstehen! Thanks!


Why not just -что это грибы на столе?- The addition of за doesn't change the sentence to "What are these mushrooms for on the table?"

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что это грибы на столе? would mean something like "What are mushrooms on the table?". Что это за... is kind of fixed phrase, which translates to "What kind of...". (I am Polish, and we have the same phrase)


Что эти грибы на столе = What are those mushrooms on the table, right? You'd ask that question if you are wondering what are those mushrooms doing on the table, for example, I guess?

Что это за... would be more like What KIND OF mushrooms are on the table.


This was my sentence 5 years later: What kind of mushroom is on the table? DL did not like it; too neutral perhaps? I don't think -грибы- has to be translated as plural, but that may be the sticking point. There is a lot of discussion on this type of answer further down this thread.


To ask "what kind of" could we also use some form of какой?


Yes, I hear какой much more often.


I translated it as "What kind of mushroom are those on table" and it was corrected wrong. Sounds natural for me though


Same here (almost). I reported what kind are those mushrooms on the table.


I put similar and was marked wrong "What kind of mushroom is on the table?"


As with the plural of mice, flies and this I can never get when to use "xxЫxxИ" or "xxИxxы"...


I suppose it's because "ы" doesn't really go after "ш" or "х". But that's just a theory. I'm too lazy to Google it.


Oh, and btw, the same goes for "к" (кошка - кошки). And I'm pretty sure it's because "к" is a velar consonant.


I got marked wrong for "what is this kind of mushrooms on the table". Assuming that this should be correct, so reported it. Please let me know if I'm wrong and why, thank you


What is this kind of mushrooms on the table. Sounds awkward. Unnatural


What kind of mushrooms "is".....; "are" is incorrect grammatically.


"What kind of mushrooms are those on the table": "are" here is correct because "those" is plural

To use "is" the sentence should be something like "What is the kind of the mushrooms on the table"


Вот стол. Вот грибы.


How would you say what kinds?


что это за + genitive or что это за + prular here


what kind of mushrooms is on the table is correct. what kind of mushrooms are those on the table is grammatically incorrect. The verb is dictated by "what kind" being singular--there it would be "is"


How come это is still unchanged to gener and plural in these type of sentences? Freaking это is almost never used in it's эта и эти forms


So "stole" (table) changes case? Usually its just "stol", right? Why does it have a "e" at the end? I can see why mushrooms changes case, but I'm surprised that table does, as well, since it is an indirect object here.


It's not an indirect object here, it's part of a prepositional phrase (on the table) and thus is in prepositional case


Why isn't за forcing the accusative case?


It is. "Гриб" is inanimate, so the nominative and the accusative forms look the same in the plural.


Why use "за" here ? Doesn't it mean "for" ?


Who says "what kind of mushroom are THOSE one the table?" ? The those is unnecessary and clunky


Additionally, I don't see where the 'those' comes into play here.


You are pointing at them from the other side of a long table with a superb look saying "what kind of mushroom are those on the table?"


What would be the definition of "за" in this sentence, and how does it change "что это"?


Where is the word " kind " in the russian sentence?

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Why "What kind of mushroom is that on the table?" is not correct?


Wow...I had no idea what this sentence meant but I got it almost right from the phonetics, except for misspelling two words by one letter each.


Just got this one again, and this time I only misspelled это (as it sounded like эта; and I had no idea what грибы was so that was no help); but I still got the whole sentence wrong for the sake of one letter.


"what kinds of mushroom" came up as wrong, what's the difference?


"what are those mushrooms on the table" is accepted as correct answer


What the mushrooms are those on the table? - ???


The correct translation is, What kind of mushrooms are there on the table?


Any tips on how to fluently pronounce Грибы?


I translated "Что это за грибы на столе?" as "What is that behind mushrooms on the table?"

Can someone help out and point out how mine translation is wrong. I think that "какие" is much more suitable word for "kind"?


Behind X = за + instumental. Instrumental form of mushrooms is грибами. I wondered this as well because i always remember за as behind, but then remembered that it takes instrumental case (see the instrumental lessons)


откуда взялся those??


What about the mushrooms... is wrong?


Does Russian differentiate between these and those?


Im kinda confused with this "за" use.


you can ref those comment, its show how to use:



kind is singular , so the verb must be singular


Hola Carlos, your comment is valid and perhaps grammatically the verb should be singular, but the use of -are- here is quite common as you can see in the examples above, especially because the plural -mushrooms- precedes it. It gets close to -what kind are the mushrooms on the table?-


no. mushrooms is specification of kind. So ythe singular "kind" is most important and leads the verb. Thank you.

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without the word "kind" - "What are these mushrooms on the table"


What kind of mushrooms are you on?


Increasingly only one way of expression possible with more complicated sentences, thus more rejections. One has to memorize what Duolingobot wants. Some variations of expression might still be possible

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