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"Слева находится моя комната."

Translation:To the left is my room.

November 8, 2015



So when exactly can you omit "is"? and what would the difference be if I only said "Слева моя комната".

Also I'm guessing that this "is" isn't part of the "быть" form, right?


I'm not a native speaker, but have studied Russian for one year in university. It seems to me that находится just emphasizes formality or clarity of location--the difference between saying "My room is located to the left" and "My room is on the left." I could be wrong on this one.

To answer your first question, Russian has no present-tense form of the verb "to be." The only usage of the verb быть is in the past and future imperfect forms: for example, "I was eating", "I will be driving," "I was cold".

In Russian, if you want to say "I am hungry," you just say "Я голоден." But let's say you're a Russian speaker and you want to clarify you were hungry in the past--how do you differentiate the equivalent of "I hungry"? You invent a verb specifically for use in the past (or future) to denote the time of your hunger: Быть. For example: Я был голоден (I was hungry) or Я вуду голоден (I will be hungry).

I hope I answered your questions!


Actually, the present tense form of быть does exist. It is есть. It is almost always implied in modern Russian, but it can be used for emphasis. Я хочу, чтобы ты был тем, кто ты есть. (I want you to be who you are.)


When does находится get translated as "situated" and when does it get translated as simply "is"?


It actually should be both, but they didn't write both translations. You just need to report it and they will add them.


Why is that word soooo long for "is"!?


Actually, you can omit that word. But it can be translated as "is situated/located".


Is it correct to say моя комната находится Слева? I have heard the word order in Russian is not very strict.

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You can say so, but the meaning is slightly different.
1. You show a house to your guests for example and describe all the rooms there: "This is a living room, over there is a bathroom and to the left is my room." (Слева находится моя комната.)
2. You invited a friend to your house and you go straight to your room without a tour round your house. So you just say: "My room is to the left" (Моя комната находится слева)


Why is "my room is on the left side" wrong?


Because it's not "on the left side", it's "on the left" or "to the left". Saying "on the left side" implies it's the left side of something. That "something" can usually be left out due to context. "On the left" is simply stating relative direction from the current location, not relative to a side of a thing.


what is the difference between "room" and "chamber" in Russian? Because Russian word "Комната" sounds the same as Czech equivalent Komnata, which translates as chamber to english.


Russian doesn't really have a single word corresponding to all meanings of "a chamber", so depending on context it can be "комната" too. For example "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is known in Russian as "Гарри Поттер и Тайная Комната". But in general "a room" is a closer translation of "комната".


Is находится necessary in this sentence? Would it not make sense without it?


No, its not necessary


Can you add as valid translation: "on the left is situated my room" or "my room is situated on the left"?


Are there any native Russian speakers who could let me know if "находится" is commonly used as people chat in Russia, or is it usually left out of such a phrase as is given here please. Thanks in advance for your reply


"Cлева моя комната" sounds more informal. The word "находится" is usually left out in informal conversations.


Why not "Налева находится моя комната."?


It's easy for me to pronounce it.


maybe this isn't the smoothest way to say this but i think it is still correct? "To the left is located my room"


Why is "My room is left of here" not an ok answer?


there is no "of here" part in the English sentence


Well, but also "My room is to the left" is considered wrong...


Is "Моя комнате в слева" equivalent to "Слева находится моя комната."?

If they are not the same meaning, can someone explain how the two are different?


It should be "Моя комната слева" (without the "в"!) and it would mean "My room is to the left".


Regarding all the answers or forms in english we say, MY ROOM IS ON THE LEFT. OR TO THE LEFT


Couldn't "situated left is my room" work? Sure, the English phrasing isn't terribly common, but not unused or even that unfamiliar or strange


it would have to be "situated to the left is my room". I think. . .


The English in that case is nonstandard in the sense that it employs ellipsis (skipping of words): one would be able to say "Situated to the left is my room", because it's syntactically complete. Omitting those two words, while understandable, does not possess complete syntax.


"My room is found on the left" should work

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