"Что ты знаешь о её имени?"

Translation:What do you know about her name?

November 11, 2015

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Any idea what this extraordinary sentence means?

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    Well, maybe there's some history behind her name (why her parents called her like that? what that name originally meant? did she change it?) and I want to know if you're aware of that history.


    Names have remarkable origin stories. Some are statements, others relate to places or jobs the family has performed. For instance; Amanda means "beloved", Isadora is "gift of Isis," Harold is "leader of an army," etc.

    Names hint at family history especially if it is in a different language than expected. A Frenchman with a name that has a Hebrew meaning, might imply a very religious family. A person who names their child after a very good friend from another land will probably have to answer this question frequently.


    Russian speakers like to talk about names. I've had many interesting conversations with a Latvian colleague (from the FSU) about the names of athletes, for example.


    It's possible you're about to be told your mother is an identity thief.


    Maybe this sentence would be used in the Tolkien universe or something, where every name has a deeper meaning


    Why was Catherine known as "The Great".


    Did she poison her husband?


    Nope, she had him strangled.


    Agree. I have never asked this question of anyone in my lifetime. Context would be interesting!


    In Finnish it is Nimeni, I wonder which language influenced which (And that course is long overdue here on duolingo).

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      Wasnt Nimeni a skijumper?


      How to correctly use её/его and неё/него? I though it was used when the last word ended in a vowel to avoid cacophony.

      [deactivated user]

        Неё/него is used after prepositions, when «него/неё» is the main word. If the preposition refers to some other word (in о её имени it refers to имени, and её describes the word имени), it's not used.

        If you’re interested in historical reasons, please see my answer here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11557026


        Thanks, it was a nice answer! I really like history of languages, and grammar as well. I get what you mean, but it is a bit cloudy to me still. Do you mean that него/неё may only be used when they are in Genitive case after preposition and not when they are possessive adjectives? Is that right?

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          Not neccessarily Genitive, Accusative too: на него́/на неё.

          All the cases usable with prepositions will get н prepended. E.g. за ней = behing her, it's Prepositional.


          Ah, great! Okay, now I got it :) Here, have a lingot!


          неё/него used only with prepositions:
          у неё есть что-то - she has smth. (genitive)
          я говорю про неё - I talk about her (accusative)

          это её собака - it is her dog (genitive)
          я вижу её - I see her (accusative)


          «это её собака», «собака» is not nominative?


          mosfet07 is talking about the case of её, not собака (which is clearly nominative). It's using the interpretation that её as a possessive is really just the genitive version of она, not a true possessive. I don't subscribe to that view but it's common.


          What is tje difference between об and о?

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            They mean the same thing. They are phonetic variants: о is normally used before consonants, and об is used normally before vowels. (There's also a variant обо used before a handful of words like обо всём 'about everything' обо мне 'about me'.)

            Some people might use «об её имени» instead of «о её имени», but this is less common. This is because «её» starts with a consonant (it's pronounced yeyo), but this consonant, Y, is close to vowels, it often sounds like a semi-vowel.


            Would the б always be omitted to the end of o when the following word starts with the consonant Y? e.g. yu,ye,ya


            Could имя mean first name only, or is it just name generally?

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              It can mean either.

              If you need to make sure you mean 'full name' and not just given name, you can use «по́лное имя» 'full name'.

              In official documents, an abbreviation «ФИО» if often used for 'full name'. «ФИО» means «фами́лия, и́мя, о́тчество» 'family name, [given] name, patronymic'.

              There's no well-established way to say 'given name'. We don't usually specify we only want a given name, because if someone misunderstands you and tells a full name instead of a given name, it will still include a given name. Wikipedia uses «ли́чное и́мя» 'personal name', and Multitran suggests «со́бственное имя» 'own name' as a translation for 'given name', but usually it's just «и́мя».


              So is её имени in genitive because it comes after о?


              Nope it's prepositional, which is always true when о means "about".


              Then why is it not: о ней имени?


              Because when they are used as possessives, его, её and их are invariable in all cases. They originated from the genitive forms of the pronouns so they don't lend themselves well to further declension. The other reply to you I just wrote is related to this too.


              Is this like reputation?


              Does it applies for other types of names? Like "книга имини"


              Nah...I would translate that into "title":

              Название книги "шахматы" = The title of the book is "chess".

              Similarly if you're wondering what that beautiful flower is called:
              Как называется этот цветок? (Literally "how does that flower call itself?")

              I.e. I think you are looking for the verb называть / называться ... :-)


              What case is used for имени here?


              Prepositional because it follows о.


              Wow! I'm suddenly getting speaking exercises in Russian after 2 years!!!


              is there any difference between зовут and имени?


              зовут is a verb and имя is a noun (имени in prepositional case).


              When do we use о vs об for "about"?


              It's об before vowel sounds and о before consonant sounds. её sounds like yeyo.


              Does anyone else have trouble hearing the "о её" in this audio?


              Isn't this a case of "её" being used with a preposition? Or, is "o" not a preposition. I seem to recall having read numerous times that when "его, её, их" are used with a preposition that you append "н" So it shouldn't it be "Что ты знаешь о Неё имени?" ????


              The add н after a preposition rule only applies when the word is a pronoun, not when it's a possessive. This is tricky to explain for её because "her" can cover both meanings in English so I'll explain using его. его only becomes него after a preposition if it means "him" (or "of him"), not when it means "his".

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