"Excuse me, who are you?"

Translation:Извините, кто вы?

November 10, 2015

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Matt92HUN

How would you say this with ты?

November 10, 2015

[deactivated user]

    «Извини́, кто ты?»

    November 10, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Matt92HUN

    That's what I thought, but it wasn't accepted.

    November 10, 2015

    [deactivated user]

      You definitely should report this as an error next time you get this sentence.

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Matt92HUN

      Thanks.

      November 10, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jeffrey855877

      Are you sure about that szeraja_zhaba

      Can a stranger use the informal ты?

      August 28, 2018

      [deactivated user]

        Yes, this works in some cases:

        • if you are in an informal group of people where everyone is considered a peer (e.g. a group of students in the university; this might be acceptable at some parties, in some websites, at some workplaces — this is very individual, though!),
        • if you are talking to a child,
        • if you wants to deliberately insult someone and show your disrespect.
        August 29, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/hypershock

        What's the difference between "как вас зовут?" and "кто вы?"? I know one is "what's your name?" and the other is "who are you?", but are there social situations where one is more appropriate than the other? in English "who are you?" seems more directed and stern.

        February 1, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/phszombie

        I do not have native fluency in Russian, but to me the former is asking for a name whereas the latter is seeking explanation of relationship or position. (In English as well, though depending upon tone, could definitely be taken to be stern or as a sign of mistrust.)

        November 13, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/ivovolt

        I think "Извините, вы кто?" should be accepted, as well.

        December 5, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Skoha0

        Yeah I want to know if word order is that important here

        December 19, 2015
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