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"У меня нет воды."

Translation:I do not have water.

November 9, 2015



why does вода change to воды?


When you say that you don't have something, or piece of something you must use genitive case. And so вода changes its ending to воды


Can we say: У меня ие есть вода ?


Do you mean не? No, I don't think so. In the negative form you have to use the Genitive, as ishana92 said.


Because а and ы are both strong sound vowels


Pronunciation question - воды in this exercise sounded like "vadi", but in the previous one where the horse had no water, it was definitely more like "voduh" - which is correct, or does it change?


Teacher Daria from Real Russian Club describes ы sound by saying a long 'ooooo' with your mouth puckered, then slowly grinning as wide as you can while still trying to make the 'ooooo' sounds, which would end into something that sounds somewhere between 'uh' and 'ee'


Real Russian Club is her YouTube Channel by the way, it's a great learning supplement to my Duolingo lessons


I do not have any water?

This feels a more natural translation than "I do not have water", and I don't think it carries any added emphasis.


Looks fine, report it.


But only because we would usually say "i don't have water", not "i do not".


You can even say: I have no water. Which I think is the best translation


i wrote first "i have not water" and it said it was wrong, i know it's not as common a way to say it but is it really so far off that it shouldn't count? just curious.


It's not grammatically correct in English. You might hear someone say "I haven't (any) water" but that's not formal either.


Why sometimes "у меня" means I have and other times you have?


It never means "you have". "You have" would be either у тебя или у вас.


when do you use voda and when do you use vody?


Вода = Nominative singular of Water. Воды = Nominative plural, or genitive singular (here it is the genitive case).


It is difficult to explain the different case, in English the difference is seen with the help of prepositions, but there are no pretexts here.

In Russian, in order to distinguish between cases, these questions raise different questions and auxiliary words, (accusative case) I see vody, I drink vody - я вижу воду, я пью воду (что?) Give me vodУ Дай мне (что?) воду нет воды, нет мамы, нет кошки - ( оf чего, кого?)(родительный падеж) (genitive) But you can say give me водЫ ( of what) (drink) questions of what and what are not the same thing


Can anybody tell me why sometimes you have to say воды and in other sentences воду?

I know that I have to change вода when the sentence is "I don't have water", but I don't understand how to change it...


-у/-ю is the accusative ending for singular feminine words ending in -а/-я. Use the accusative case when the noun is the direct object (the thing being acted on directly, like if you're throwing a ball, ball is the direct object) or when it's a the destination of motion (for instance, станция - я иду на станцию).

-и/-ы is the genitive singular ending for singular feminine words. Genitive is used to describe the absence or negation of something (у меня нет воды); to describe the relationship between two things or people (машина моей мамы - my mom's car, literally: the car of my mom); with the numbers 2, 3 and 4 (две машины, четыре кошки, сорок три кошки [43 cats]), etc.

Kind of a crash course explanation, I recommend using other online resources to study Russian cases and their rules.


ы is pronounced similar to the vowel sound in "hill", but I heard вод"е"


Hi ! Why the pronouns (меня) are not in genitive form ? I thought after "У" it must have a genitive form, am I wrong ?


@Ophlie300654 - Меня is the accusative and genitive form of the pronoun "я"


I do not see why I don't have water is wrong ! Tell me the difference between I don't and I do not....


Why is "I have no water" not accepted?

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    I would normally say у меня нету воду


    on the app "type what you hear" for this sentence, i was shown the correct answer as

    у мёня нёт воды

    why is "ё" needed rather than "е"?


    It is not "ё", that is 100% incorrect. Sounds like a software glitch or something.


    "ё" (ye) is a rare letter. So you can break your tongue ё. You can write e, but you only need to say “ё”,

    these are the words with "ё" : Лёд, мёд, идёт, поёт, берёт, вперёд, ёж, ёлка, ёлки-палки, несёт, прилёт, Ice, honey, goes, sings, takes, forward, hedgehog, Christmas tree (spruce), carries, arrives, And in the same root words - н "ё"с, л"ё"т, carried fly away


    @OlgaMishur1 - There are certainly more words with "ё" in them.


    "I haven't any water" should be correct.


    Could someone please write vody in Cyrillic? I tried to write водй but it says there's a spelling error. As a matter of fact, I think Russian sentences should be written with the Cyrillic alphabet.


    It's not водй; it's воды.


    Plus, й is only used after other vowels.


    Is this always the case? I didn't know that before. Thank you (y) !


    Mostly. According to the wiki article, the only times it doesn't is in words imported from roman alphabets, to represent a consonant "Y" (е.g., "New York" : Ню-Йорк).

    But that's fussy, and I suspect that the only-after-vowels rule will apply to everything we deal with here on Duolingo (like мой, твой, and американский thus far).


    It's Нью-Йорк. Ню-Йорк looks like Nu York. If you know what I mean ;-)


    This course does support Cyrillic. It's just not enabled by default for some reason.

    While in a lesson, click the button that looks like "Aa", and it will switch all Russian text to Cyrillic.


    Воды. ы is y. (On the English keyboard it's Djls)


    It's actually more of an "ui". I find that sticking out my jaw when saying "ы" helps me pronounce it.


    Transliterated, though, y typically represents ы.


    Why do I remember "меня" as "we"?


    You might be thinking of мы, since it also begins with м.


    Because you need to practice more.


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