"Дайте большую ложку, пожалуйста."

Translation:Give me the large spoon, please.

November 12, 2015

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ReraCikap

Is "мне" usually omitted when it is obvious?

November 12, 2015

[deactivated user]

    Well, not neccessarily, this sentence could be said with «мне» too. I think both variants are equally OK.

    November 12, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/ReraCikap

    Thank you for your quick response! My native language Japanese also omit it in this kind of case.

    November 12, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/pdwerryhouse

    Is this sentence considered polite enough to say to anyone, in Russian? In English, even with the "please" it sounds blunt, and I would use "Could you give me the spoon, please?" instead.

    August 12, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      Yes, it's polite enough.

      August 13, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/doris8971

      Watching tv with a Russian friend, i saw a scene where a bride at dinner sweetly says "дай мне вананчик" to her new husband. It seemed so blunt but my friend said the diminutive 'чик' meant it was polite, even without a 'please'. It seemed odd. And still does!

      Also odd that you can add an affectionate diminutive to a random noun too, but that's for another conversation i guess!

      January 3, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/Ruslan_I

      Не могли бы вы дать мне большую ложку.

      December 14, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/MichelAnge469795

      I know from experience Russians generally do not care for overly polite conversations.

      Blunt sentences suit them just fine

      August 31, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/Ruslan_I

      Everywhere ones don't like blunt expressions, this sentence is polite in russian

      December 14, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Wilhelm393905

      Elaine needs it for her big salad.

      May 30, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Aino764046

      What is the difference between "large" and "big"?

      June 17, 2017
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