"A woman and a man"
Translation:Женщина и мужчина
Once you realize the difference you'll likely think "why didn't english do that?". To put it simply, if you can replace it with the word 'but', then its а. But if not, then its и. Она женщины а нет мужчины. Means she is a woman AND not a man. But could you replace it with but? Yes. She is a woman BUT not a man. Its used to compare two things. Good luck.
When you connect two or more things into a list, use и:
- мальчик и девочка
- банан, яблоко и абрикос
We use а for juxtaposition, when two items are different; is not really an opposition ("but"), you are just showing these two together. Think of using "and" where you can put "whereas". It is that kind of "and". Here are some typical structures:
- Компьютер мой, а не твой. = The computer is mine, not yours.
- Я ем банан, а ты работаешь. = I am eating a banana and you are working.
- Я ем банан, а ты нет. = I am eating a banana and you aren't.
- Боб актёр, а она программист. = Bob is an actor and she is a programmer.
- Я студент. А ты? = I am a student. And you?
- Это Маша, а Вера дома. = This is Masha, and Vera is at home.