"Для чего эта коробка?"

Translation:What's this box for?

November 7, 2015



There should be a translation here. I'm still having trouble with what this sentence means.

April 7, 2016


What is this box for?

December 3, 2016


So you don't use чём because для goes with the genitive case and not the prepositional? There is no gender stuff like чеё if the "what" is feminine or anything? It's always neutral?

Sorry if the question isn't clear, it's hard to understand how что works... :p

November 7, 2015


Yeah, "для" governs the genitive case, hence the different declension. "Что" by itself is just neuter for the purposes of agreement.

November 7, 2015


Кто/что are declined only for case.

November 7, 2015


There is no gender preoccupation in general then?

November 7, 2015


I don't know how other languages you speak do that, but in Russian and German, if you don't know what we are talking about, you don't specify its (unknown to you) gender. Tbh, I have no idea how that would even work.

November 7, 2015


Some Semitic languages have that option: you can ask something like "who(f/m) did that?" and the answer can only be a certain gender. It's a way of narrowing down the set of possible answers.

November 30, 2017


That's super cool, can you share which languages? A cursory look into the grammars of Arabic and Hebrew didn't turn up gendered “who”s, but maybe I'm missing something.

November 30, 2017


I don't know if my native languages worry about genders (I never thought of it) haha. I just thought you may do in Russian. I feel like so many things have genders for you, like такая being in the feminine when in english you don't specify any gender ("I am so happy" => so has no gender).

November 7, 2015


Ah, okay :)

For grammatical purposes, the word «кто» is masculine and «что» is neuter.

November 7, 2015


It is funny to learn another language because of it. In my native language (portuguese) there is no the neuter gender and all things is or male or female. So it's easier for us to learn russian, because the gender of the things is usually the same.

January 12, 2016


That makes perfect sense! Good tip.

November 8, 2015


Could you also ask this question with «зачем». If so would it be "Зачем эта коробка."

February 16, 2016

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    yes, it is also correct.

    April 5, 2016


    Why are there never the translations of such multiple choice questions?

    July 8, 2016


    Sorry, why чего? Something about Genitive possessive? Any help appreciated, thanks.

    December 18, 2015


    Чего is just что in the genitive. It's in genitive because it's preceded by для.

    December 24, 2015


    for what this box?

    February 3, 2016


    I think it translates: what is this box for

    November 3, 2016


    I will give 5 lingots to whoever can help me with "Чего, чьё, and so on". I keep getting things incorrect. Is there a list that shows which word is used for male, female, and neutral counter parts?

    Thank you!

    March 29, 2017


    Keep your lingots :)

    «Кто» and «что» are “who” and “what” respectively and are declined only for case. «Чей» means “whose” and declines similar to certain adjectives (like лисий, for example). See the links for more details.

    March 29, 2017


    Okay thanks)) Is there any lists? I learned verb conjugations with lists, so it would be nice to study another list for this haha.

    March 29, 2017


    Well, Wiktionary should have declension charts for most words. I've also heard good things about this website.

    March 29, 2017


    Unfortunately, the links don't work. Nothing happens.

    July 20, 2018


    Looks like polish

    August 24, 2016

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    Dlaczego! It means 'why' in Polish though!

    October 30, 2016


    so like "por que" and "pourquoi"?

    October 15, 2018


    What does this mean?

    October 12, 2016


    Why not это if the phrase is "this box is"? I thought we should use это when the verb to be is included

    January 29, 2017


    это is used during general/neutral statements like when saying 'it/this is a book'. But if you are being more specific about and object, then это turns into an adjective. All adjectives have to agree with the case, gender and number of the object(s). In this case, box is feminine and so это becomes эта.

    October 13, 2017


    For what is this box is acceptable

    March 24, 2017


    ...Not in English, sorry. No one would naturally say, "For what is this box?"

    June 25, 2018


    Why is "what purpose is this box for" wrong?

    April 6, 2017


    I messed up and used plural, but Duo's correction said, "What has this box for?" which is a weird thing to say. "What's" can sometimes mean "What has" instead of "What is" but not this time.

    April 20, 2018


    Is для чего a fixed expression???

    July 27, 2018


    I wouldn't call it a fixed expression, it's just the literal translation of "for what". "Для" means "for", and it requires the genitive case. "Чего" is the genitive case of "что" which means "what".

    July 27, 2018


    Why is чьё wrong?

    December 5, 2018


    I didn't have the english translation, so I didn't know the meaning. I assumed this could mean "for whom is this box"

    December 5, 2018


    That means whose

    August 15, 2019, 5:42 AM
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