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  5. "Анна возле этого такси."

"Анна возле этого такси."

Translation:Anna is near this taxi.

November 6, 2015



When do you use этого instead of это?

November 6, 2015


Этого is genitive case (required after возле) of это

November 6, 2015


Also note that такси is a special case -- directly imported foreign words often don't decline. So the genitive singular of такси here is also такси.

November 6, 2015


Thank you so much. So if it is дверь, it would declined to двери, right?

April 9, 2018



May 7, 2019


so if you use a genitive preposition, the other words that can be in genitive form must also comply? Is this true only for genitive prepositions, or when there are any genitive words included? Would there be a case where этого would be the only genitive word in the sentence? I would think not, since you can't apply the 'of' rule here, but would like clarification/confirmation. Thank you.

January 18, 2016


The case of noun modifiers (adjectives, possessive pronouns, ordinal numbers etc.) must always agree with the case of the noun.

January 19, 2016

December 10, 2015


This article states that этого is genitive animate. What makes the taxi animated? I would have thought этот was more appropriate.

September 27, 2017


It's also genitive masculine and genitive neuter.

April 5, 2018



December 22, 2015


very helpful thankyou

July 12, 2019


As stated, этого is a genitive case of это. You can find prepositions that require genitive case here: http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/russian/language/prepgen.html

Возле is one of them. Hence возле этого.

March 1, 2016


Is there any difference between <возле> and <близко> ???????

December 29, 2015


I was wondering the same thing

February 20, 2016


When I scrolled over этого, it listed "the" as a possible translation. Why is "Anna is near the taxi" incorrect?

November 27, 2015


Russian doesn't have a word for "the". Although sentences using этот can sometimes be translated using "the," you never need to. Offering that as a possible translation, while technically accurate, probably is contributing to confusion.

этот always means "that" or "this," in the sense of "the one we're talking about."

November 27, 2015


It's probably worth reporting this. It seems like this one of the inconsistencies you sometimes see with Duolingo where the scrolling offers you several translations and then marks you wrong for using one of them! I suppose it's partly because Russian is still in Beta phase. This shouldn't stop us from realising what a brilliant course this is however!

November 27, 2015


Thanks! I'll report it if I see it again. :)

November 27, 2015


How do we know about Beta !.

December 30, 2015


How do I differentiate between Она and Анна in listening excercises?

June 7, 2016


It used to be difficult for me to distinguish between Анна и она as well. Анна is stressed on the first А and with она the stress is placed on the second а.

July 14, 2016


It would be better if they used вера ;-)

November 7, 2017


With the difference in stress, it's almost like they say она as uhNA and Анна as Annuh.

August 9, 2019


When the voice says этого I hear something like этово. Why is it pronounced that way?

February 11, 2016


For historical reasons related to Old Russian. That is the correct pronunciation whenever you see -ого.

February 11, 2016


Or -его in genitive.

April 24, 2016


So she's near this taxi, right, an' then I says ...

November 11, 2015


i think you have to mention the name

November 18, 2015


Near this taxi vs near the taxi?

April 24, 2016


Russian doesn't differentiate between definitiveness and indefinitiveness in nouns. это mean this, but it can also be translated as the (and if I remember correctly also that) depending on the situation. In this Duo course they've made the decision of mostly translating it to this. On the reverse tree, I think; it's mostly translated as the.

This confusion is due to the fact that languages work differently. Whenever a category is missing in a language like this, it's impossible to say a word has the same meaning as in another language where the category excists. It's good to compare, it's even better to learn to look at the world through the new language.

April 25, 2016


I just think of it as Russian having no compulsory/automatic articles. It has no a, an, or the -- unless there is an actual reason.

May 1, 2017


No, Russian just doesn't have articles, it uses word order to create the same effect. это is not an article, it is a pronoun. So in that sense it does correspond to this but it's not a 100% match since it can also be translated as the.

May 1, 2017


Это, эта, этом, этого now... is there any special note for это forms?

July 13, 2016


They are all different noun cases of этот. Are you reading the "Tips and notes" section of the various courses? Make sure to read the sections for at least the following courses: Where, Genitive1, Accusative, Prep&Place.

September 11, 2016


Yes I did...and there is no special note for етот. ... ето, ета ок... етого & етом???? Етого genitive? And етом???

September 13, 2016


First of all, it's этот, not етот. As for the various declension forms, specifically for этот, a Google search for "demonstrative pronouns Russian" (without the quotes) will yield endless tables and relevant information. In general, for declensions and conjugations of other words (not necessarily demonstrative pronouns), I like using openrussian.org.

September 13, 2016


I am not aware of ever having given someone my lingots before, since I'm saving them up for... something. Мои дети? Nah, they don't need 'em. But please, have one. OpenRussian.org is what I have been looking for - stress marks - readable font - declensions - ~stress marks!!!~. Be well!

June 4, 2017


Can анна be spelt ana and not anna

January 17, 2019


Which case follows возле?

November 16, 2015


Genitive. "возле этого"

November 16, 2015


Why does the г in этого is pronounced as a в? I've seen this in other words as well but don't understand why.

March 22, 2016


Ferrum already answered this: "For historical reasons related to Old Russian. That is the correct pronunciation whenever you see -ого."

April 4, 2016


In English (and in other languages I know) there is a real difference between "this taxi" and "that taxi". Is there really no such distinction in Russian? Are they really both это (or этого) такси?

September 2, 2016


OK, I understand now that "this taxi" is "этот такси" and "that taxi" is "тот такси". Is this correct?

September 11, 2016


It is not how you would say it. "Anna is near the taxi" is what would be said. Or if there were lots of taxis and you had to point then "that taxi". This and that are acts of specifying. "This" if you are close or you are holding the item, that if you are away from the item. To use "that taxi" when there was only one, would be an exclamation of some sort (either good or bad).

September 10, 2016


Your comment seems incorrect to me. 1. You would say "Anna is near the taxi" only if a specific taxi was previously discussed. If you haven't talked about some taxi prior to this sentence, referring to "the taxi" would raise questions. 2. Say there's only one taxi, and it's a 100m away, pointing at it and saying "this taxi" is bad English. Proper English is to address it as "that taxi", and there would be no exclamation whatsoever in this context. By the way, in the meantime I've actually realized that the two concepts in fact exist in Russian, they are этот and тот.

September 11, 2016


Indeed if the taxi was 100m away, "this taxi" would be wrong. Similarly "that taxi" would not be used if there was only one taxi. You would use "that taxi" if you were pointing at the same time.

September 11, 2016


IS it supposed to be Anna was near the taxi instead of Anna is near the taxi

July 11, 2017


No, because then you would have something in past tense to let you know.

August 9, 2019


Can I say Анна далеко етого такси? Anna is far away from the taxi

July 31, 2017


далеко means far but you still need to translate "from" as "от". That is also genitive so the rest of the sentence is the same.

August 9, 2019


why is «г» pronounced like «в» in «этого»?

October 10, 2017


It's a little quirk in Russian pronunciation. All of these genitive endings -его and -ого have a v sound.

August 9, 2019


Can this also be read as "Anna is near the taxi"?

April 16, 2019



August 9, 2019


is it possible to translate этого as "that" instead on "this"? It appears on the suggestions, but I'm not sure.

May 9, 2019


What is genetive case? I keep hearing about it but it doesn't make any sense.

August 17, 2019


Here is a good resource on genitive case that will get you started. The entire website is a great companion for Duo — I especially appreciate it as a resource on perfective and imperfective verbs, when you get to that point.


August 18, 2019


And the short answer is the genitive case in English is words with "of" before them or with an -'s ending. Those situations translate into the genitive in Russian, and Russian also has some words like возле, для, у, нет, where the next word has to be genitive.

August 18, 2019


What does genetive mean, sorry if i sound stupid.

November 1, 2019


Diana784124 asked a similar question on this page, check out the answers to that question.

November 2, 2019


этого.....just when I was already confused. :/

March 4, 2016


Hello, genitive this. :)

April 21, 2017


The speaking exercises are so broken

May 6, 2019


"Me lo paró... El Taxi. Me lo paróo." -Mr. Worldwide

April 12, 2017


Anna is nearby this taxi. Nearby not accepted?

November 6, 2017


Unfair! I typed Anne instead of Anna, it's a typo mistake!

December 28, 2018


Am I the only one who thinks this sounds like Italian?

February 14, 2016


She might have an accident...

June 2, 2017


Get over it, in English we are not so particular about this and the. Either is correct.

November 4, 2017


This is indestinguishable from Она

July 9, 2016


Anna != Ann (-^_^-)

September 19, 2016


Challenge you to write "tacsi" instead of "taxi" xD

December 25, 2016
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