Okay I have to ask even though it sounds weird but why not- Mama this is a women.
That would be with a comma after 'mama'. The minus here indicates a form of 'to be' because, as you might have noticed, Russia does not use 'to be' in the present tense.
You mean the dash, right? It is only used here in Duolingo to help students who are not familiar with the lack of 'to be' in a sentence. In written Russian one doesn't write the dash in this case. I never write it and Duolingo recognises it as correct.
I've seen the dash used in normal Russian writing. I'm not a native speaker though, but I'm fairly sure it's actually used, at least in formal text.
Given the correct translation, what would be the difference between "Mama - eto zhenschina" and just "Mama - zhenschina"?
I am wondering this myself. 'это' suggests 'this is', but it seems quite unnecessary in this case.
Exactly; it is unnecessary. It is added emphasis, but it works with as well as without.
i got an audio and was supposed to write the Russian. So, how do I know if it is "Мама - эта женщина" "Mama, eto zhenshchina " or "Mama — eto zhenshchina"?
If it were the former, I would personally say "Эта женщина - мама" = "This woman is (my) mum". Your version is less likely, but the original sentence is also extremely unlikely -- not grammatically, but content-wise. So, basically, outside of any particular context you cannot tell the two apart based on pronunciation alone.
Exactly! I had the oral also, and couldn't tell the difference in pronounciation, so choose эта for "Mom is this woman"
It is because you need the two words to agree grammatically. They need the be both feminine (and nominative).
I said "the mother is a woman" and it did it was wrong. Could someone please explain?
If you're just given the russian audio, the solution "Мама - эта женщина." (This woman is my mom) should also be accepted, right?
Can some native russian speaker confirm that?
"мама, это женщина" I think. The dash is used sort of as a colon. You could in a way directly translate the sentence as "mum: woman". Since Russian doesn't have the word "is" it uses the dash to emphasise that something is something else. If you use a comma instead the sentence is interpreted as "mum, this is a woman"
Because "мама женщина" is more like "mom is a woman", "это" is like "this is", so "мама - это женщина" is more like "mom, this is a woman"
Because it's pronounced like "эта" but the о is still an о, it's just pronounced differently in different situations.
Have you actually tried "mum/mom"?
Duo used to differentiate between the informal "мама"="mum/mom" and formal "мать"="mother", so I am surprised any translation with "mother" is accepted.
Мама---женщина. says " Mom is a woman." мама---это женщина. says "Mom is (?) this is a woman.
First off i'm learning Russian using Cyrillic letters. just sort of a heads up. Anyway, when I typed this sentience out from speech, i typed it as "Мама, это женщина" and it counted it as correct without the use of - between мама and это. Please explain this to me, as it kinda ❤❤❤❤❤❤ up my understanding of - in Russian sentences with Cyrillic letters. Спасибо, мой друзья.
Why is the dash here? 'Мама эта женщина' I'd translate as it wants me to, but with the dash it suggests I'm saying 'mum - this is a woman'.
The dash work differently, I'm not sure if they use it like it's used here in Russia or if it's just on duolingo, but they kind of work like a comma, or like the word это a little bit
i have a huge problem with transliteration. i don't know how to write in cyrilic because i have no idea how to install the cyrillic. I am 80 and don't understand many technical things. i transliterate using french, my mother tongue but it it not like the english transliteration. so i am blocked and cannot continue srudying russian, unless i find a french-russian/ russian-french course ! too bad. I can read cyrillic and write it fluently BY HAND, but not on my laptop.
You can download a Russian keyboard onto your computer. It is difficult for learning without using cyrillic characters. I used a search engine to find mine.
thanks, but I don't understand how to do it and I am afraid to ruin all I have in memory if I make a mistake. Apart from that, english is not my language and I don't understand the technical terms very well.