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"Чего у нас нет?"

Translation:What don't we have?

November 7, 2015



Quick tip to remember the genitive here, guys: imagine the question REALLY being, "What do we have none OF?" That "of" is your cue to use the genitive with negation.


The sentence could be У нас нет чего, and that's why we use the genitive, because of that rule where you write it in the genitive case when there is absence of something, right?


"У нас нет чего?" looks awkward, but is possible if you are asking like "We don't have what?" And yes, you use genitive in such cases of absence of something.


How will we write "What do we have?" In Russian (ie the affirmative form, without the genitive-forming нет)? Что у нас есть?


*absence of something abstract, intangible, according to your link on the other disccussion, @Olimo! right? If it is a concrete substantive, we still stick to the accusative, right?


It will always be genitive when you use "нет" for the absence of something. Нет молока, нет друга, нет мамы, нет яблока.


нет чего = ничего. "We don't have anything./We have nothing." У нас ничего.

or, У нас чего-то нет. "We don't have something."


Funny I read this a year ago. Yep, now I would use ничего, but at the time I didn't know it. It was more of a question to understand everything about the genitive case! :D

I'm back to the future now.


As I recall, "we don't have anything" is У нас ничего нет.

Google Translate suggests the У нас ничего means "we have nothing" - but I wonder about that, because of previous discussion of the supposed Russian "double-negative" - which may or may not actually be two negatives. If ничего means "anything", then ничего нет is not a double-negative.

This obviously needs more discussion, explanation, and exposure.


"Ничего" means "nothing", not "anything". "У нас ничего нет" literally translates as "we don't have nothing" which is a double negative. "У нас ничего" means the same thing; "нет" is omited but it's implied.

Ps: "У нас ничего" can also mean "it's not bad at our place", but that's an entirely different story.


So let me try. Would it be like this?

Чего у нас нет / что у нас есть?


thank you very much


"What have not we got?" isn't English!


Quite interestingly, "What haven't we got?" sounds fine, but not the uncontracted form of it. I'm thinking "what have we not got? would be a better sounding way of not using contractions


There is no reason to use two verbs for this, both "to have" and "to get." "Have(n't) got" is unnecessary when you can just negate the verb "to have," and say "don't have." It's succint, more proper, more precise.


Sounds like чево to me


его is pronounced evo so you are hearing чего correctly


I'm not a native English, but "What don't we have" sounds quite weird to me; I wonder if "What's we don't have", or "What do we miss" would be better.


"What do we miss?" has a different meaning because "to miss" is a different verb than "нет" (which is really a contraction of "не есть").

"What's don't we have?" is very wrong because there are two verbs conflicting, "is" from "what's" {=what is} and "have" from "don't have." I think you're trying to say, "What is it, that we don't have?" but that still doesn't translate exactly. Что это, чего у нас нет?

"What don't we have?" is actually perfectly correct and should not sound weird to you.


I'm still a little confused г. Is it like "g" or "v"? Or do I have it all messed up?


It's pronounced like /g/ except in "-его-" like сегодня, хорошего, etc., or "-ого" like кого, it's pronounced /v/


'what have we not got' - is marked wrong and corrected with ' what have not we got' unbelievable!!!!


You have to report those types of things, otherwise they might not get fixed.


Although "what don't we have" is the best grammar. No need for both verbs "have" and "got" together, although it's very common colloquial in British English.

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