"эта машина"

Translation:this car

November 6, 2015



I came up against this phrase in a "type what you hear" exercise (so nothing on screen to refer to). I was conflicted between whether I was hearing "эта машина" (e.g.: "this car") or "Это машина." (e.g.: "It is a car.")

I happened to choose wrong, but whatever - my question is whether there's an audible difference between the two that I'm not picking up on? Or do I just have to guess?

January 21, 2016


to my kowledge there is no audible difference. I guess in context it would become clear/clearer.

March 1, 2016


I agree. I've become so frustrated with the terrible audio. Until they decide to do something about it (instead of deleting the posts to support complaining about it) they should STOP doing audio only exercises. There's no learning - just memorizing the "correct" answer so you can complete that particular run. And notice your post is a year old and still nothing has been done to improve the audio.

October 23, 2017


i came here for the same problem but still I'm pretty sure there is no difference in russian pronounciation between это and эта. it's not the audible, it's vowel reduction https://www.duolingo.com/skill/ru/Basics-1/tips-and-notes

February 26, 2019


On the plus side, at least we can tell Duolingo to skip audio only exercises. Obviously this is not the perfect solution but at least it's something!

March 2, 2019


There is no audible difference between эта and это. Therefore as a listening exercise, this is not fair or helpful.

August 10, 2016


Why is "This is a car" not accepted? Does the feminine conjugation assume we already know what it is?

April 23, 2016


эта is a different word from это.

это usually means "this is" or "it is" or "these are". It is not conjugated based on gender, it is always the same.

этот, эта, это, эти mean "this" or "these" and do have gender, but not many Russian nouns are neuter, requiring это. If the noun is neuter, you will have to rely on context to tell whether it means "this" or "it is".

April 23, 2016


Ahh, thank you very much for clearing that up :)

April 23, 2016


...убивает фашистов?

November 6, 2015


i like your picture. it really symbolizes who you are as a person, much like mine.

July 11, 2017


Why not автомобиль?

November 11, 2015


I think Duolingo translates as literally as possible. Since автомобиль would be automobile.

January 16, 2016


Я один по приколу начал проходить обучение русскому?

December 18, 2015


Я начала, поскольку мои друзья рассказали, что русская секция здесь очень странная, и теперь я это точно знаю

April 16, 2016


Моя семья из Одессы, я единственная родилась в Америке. Надо мной все время смеялись потому что у меня неправильно грамматика. Так я хочу научиться!

January 16, 2016


Is машина only car or is it machine too?

January 6, 2017


It can be machine as well (for instance, стиральная машина would be a washing machine).

January 12, 2017


Я машина! I doubt anyone will get that reference

June 23, 2018


I recognized this one from my Romanian course. The Slavs certainly had a great deal to do with that beautiful language :)

September 7, 2017


Why is "This is a car" wrong?

January 8, 2018


Because it uses the demonstrative form of это which directly modifies the noun and can only be "this car". Note that since the syllable stress is still on the first syllable, это и эта sound the same.

January 8, 2018


why is машчина recognized to be right?

June 7, 2019
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