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"Mom does not have him now."

Translation:У мамы его сейчас нет.

November 8, 2015


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What is wrong with: у мамы нет его сейчас

November 16, 2015


Can someone please answer this?

October 18, 2018


Native Russian speaker. What you wrote is technically correct, but it sounds weird to me. The way Duolingo has it is the way you'd probably hear it in real life. I can't exactly explain why it is that way but i hope this helps!

June 1, 2019

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No, this not helps.
I'm native russian speaker too, and this sentence sounds to me absolutely not weird.
And the reason is simple - someone forgot/did not think to include this sentence in the list of correct answers. That's all.

June 14, 2019


Can someone please answer this? x2

May 28, 2019


Can someone explain me why this word order specifically?

April 1, 2016


I would also like the word order on this one broken down. It's very different than any of the other sentences around the same lesson area.

May 11, 2016


I think this sentence empathizes the word нет.

November 21, 2016


Get out the anti depressants again

April 18, 2016


He said he was going out for cigarettes...

July 20, 2018


i know this is russian, but damn, things are dark!

May 19, 2016


I am so confused at this point

June 4, 2016


I don’t understand how this sentence works!!!

Why can’t I say «У мамы сейчас нет его» or «У мамы нет его сейчас»?

I am so confused!!! I don’t understand why it’s necessary for «его» to go before «нет» in this sentence!!! In almost every other sentence it goes after!

July 11, 2019


sounds like how yoda would say it: "mom has dad, not yet"

August 9, 2016


the russian translation to me seems to mean: he is not at mom's place and not "mom does not have him now"

June 6, 2016


In this sentence, does the word order matter? I wrote "Сейчас, у мамы его нет." It wasn't accepted and I'm not sure whether to report it as a correct answer.

April 11, 2018


наверное надо внести вариант: у мамы нет его сейчас. звучит не так складно, но я думаю имеет место быть.

November 8, 2015

[deactivated user]

    Если честно, по-моему это предложение звучит нескладно в любом виде :|

    November 8, 2015


    Нужен контекст, в котором предложение находится.

    November 9, 2015


    Je ne sais pas ce que signifie...

    February 1, 2016


    «Он сейчас не у мамы» should be accepted.

    April 16, 2016


    Yes, that was my logic also.

    June 1, 2016


    I think that one means he is currently not at mom's place.

    September 14, 2019


    Там дословно переводится у мамы нет его сейчас . Почему незащитывают?

    April 8, 2019


    So this literally is "by mom he now not"? :s

    May 28, 2019


    I don't know enough Русский yet to read any of these answers. I agree with the first question.

    March 18, 2016


    Can somebody explain this?

    July 16, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      It's difficult to understand what this sentence means without a context.

      Here's an example of this sentence in a context:

      — У мамы же есть личный стилист? 'Mom has a personal stylist, doesn't she?'
      — У мамы его сейчас нет. 'She doesn't have one right now.'

      July 16, 2016


      Thanks but I was pointing out to the word order, why not У мамы нет его сейчас?

      July 20, 2016

      [deactivated user]

        I'm not sure why, but У мамы нет его сейчас definitely sounds much less natural.

        July 20, 2016


        Why мамы?

        November 19, 2016

        [deactivated user]

          Russian nouns (words naming people, thing and phenomena) have several forms called cases.

          The dictionaries list nouns in the default case called 'nominative'. The nominative of 'Mom' is «ма́ма». We use it when the noun does an action (Ма́ма чита́ет 'Mum reads'), or in 'X is Y' sentences (Ма́ма — писа́тельница 'Mum is a writer', both ма́ма and писа́тельница are nominative forms).

          However, after the preposition «у» you need to use a different case, genitive. Genitive of «ма́ма» is «ма́мы». We also use genitive with «нет» to express absence of something, so «его нет» means 'there is no him/it' (it's often a way to say that someone is away).

          The preposition «у» is used to indicate possessor. Originally, it meant something like 'near', but when we use it about people, it means 'at someone's possession, at someone's place'.

          Literally, «У ма́мы его сейча́с нет» means 'At Mum's [possession/place], him/it now there-is-no'. This phrase can be used to say Mom doesn't have someone or something, or when someone or something is not in Mum's place.

          November 21, 2016


          This is one of the great comments. Clarification level at 100 %. Благодарю вас.

          July 19, 2018


          I just love your explanation

          June 4, 2018


          Hi, would the sentence structure " сейчас его нет у мамы" be ok or wpuld it be "bad russian"? (thanks a lot for your explanation here and for yesterday one, very appreciated! )

          August 24, 2018


          Word order idea: Perhaps if the thing that doesn't exist is a noun, it goes after нет, but a pronoun goes before нет. Is this correct?

          May 12, 2018


          I just want to ask a different question: How flexible are word orders in Russian? e. g. In how many ways can I write this statement by just swapping the words?

          July 19, 2018

          [deactivated user]

            You can’t move «у» from «мамы», «у мамы» is an indivisible unit. Otherwise, everything here can be moved to emphasise some word. The general trend is that known information comes first, new information comes last (unless you emphasise new information with the intonation). Most of those word orders would sound pretty strange out-of-context, though.

            E.g. if you put «нет» first, you’ll get a sentence about absence. The listener knows something or someone is absent, and you clarify what/who is absent. This is rarely something anyone would say.

            July 19, 2018


            Without "нет", would the sentence then be "У мамы он сейчас" (changing "он" and "его")?

            September 2, 2018


            What about Его сейчас нет у мамы ?

            September 18, 2018


            Can someone please explain why this word order?

            October 18, 2018


            I feel like i have no idea why sentences are structured the way they are in this language and it is getting beyond frustrating. DL needs to add actual lessons to the app and not just mindless memorization games.

            May 6, 2019


            I am confused about the word order! I think other combinations would be ok too... But would need confirmation from a native speaker.

            May 25, 2019


            Like everyone else here, I would like to know specifically why сейчас is splitting его and нет, rather than appearing anywhere else in the sentence.

            July 24, 2019
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