"These are not flies."
Translation:Это не мухи.
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Please see a guide to using э́то by olimo: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11536858
это used in general and when there is only subject, эти used with subject and object.
These sound like the last words of someone who just swatted some bees thinking they were flies, and now the whole hive is after them...
I thought that 'мухa' would take a plural genitive form because it is negated? My wrong answer was "это не мух"
Genitive is not used in ‘X is not Y’-type sentences.
It’s used for direct objects when the verb is negated («я не ви́жу мух» ‘I don’t see flies’). But Y in ‘X is Y’ sentences is not considered a direct object in Russian (it’s never used in the accusative).
Не=not, нет=no. Kind of confusing phonetics for us native English speakers, but you'll get it.
I can't figure out the pronunciation of мухи, it sounds like he says mooshe yet it's not sh
The voice pronounces и in мухи as "ye" rather than as "ee". Is this correct?
It seems to me that "мухи нет" would be a good translation. Can anyone confirm?