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"We have bread, milk and eggs."

Translation:У нас есть хлеб, молоко и яйца.

November 13, 2015



Is the word "есть" necessary in the sentence?


Strictly speaking, no. But you would normally use it if you are the first one to tell other people what you have. (And even in that case people will understand you if you omit есть).


I think you can miss the "есть" here?


I am a native and I can't think of a situation where you can omit есть in this sentence. Ah yes, I can. If you want to say "It's us who have ...", then you emphasize "у нас" with the pitch fall and can safely omit "есть".


I'm not native, but the teacher who taught me is. She said you only include the есть if you are particularly emphasizing the fact that you own those products, or specifying in answer to a query. Including есть is unnecessary/sounds wrong colloquially. Just according to her. She's older, so maybe its an older convention?


It is not an older convention, but your teacher oversimplified things. The rule of thumb is that we do use "есть" when we answer the question "What do you have?" or when we just let someone know what we have. If, however, the list of food items is already known to the listener(s) and you are just saying, "We have milk, bread and eggs, and they have fruit and vegetables", then no "есть" is used in Russian: "У нас молоко, хлеб и яйца, а у них фрукты и овощи".


Please do correct me if I'm wrong but to my understanding you include есть when we want to emphasize that we have the items the person is asking for. And we exclude it when we are just naming off who has what. Спосибо in advance


«Есть» should be used in two cases: (1) when we need to announce that we have something, and (2) when we want to emphasize that we have the items somebody is asking for (in that case, «есть» is stressed). By the way, the first vowel in спасибо is А.


Что у тебя есть?

У меня хлеб, молоко и яйца.

Sounds fine to me... Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • Что у тебя?
  • Хлеб, молоко и яйца.


You can omit it to prevent repeating like in this sentence:

"У вас есть сыр, а у нас - хлеб, молоко, яйца" (You have cheese and we have...)


Why does Russian not pluralize хлеб or молоко? I know we don't in English. Would хлеби or молока mean something more like, "We have [an assortment of] breads or milks."? Also, what's up with no Oxford comma, Russia?


They are mass nouns. «Молоко» doesn't have any plural form, while «хлеб» has two, but neither is commonly used: «хле́бы» can mean individual pieces of bread, but this usage is rare, and «хлеба́» means “grains” like different types of grass (here «хлеб» is a grass that is used to make bread).

In Russian, Oxford comma is a mistake, full stop.


I've never heard of "хлебы". When talking about an assortment of bread(s?), a Russian salesperson would rather say "У нас много разного хлеба" or "У нас есть разный хлеб".


It's certainly rare in the everyday speech, but there are examples in the corpus.


Looks like it is mostly used in archaic or archaic-like texts. There's no need for learners of Russian as a second language to memorize this form.


All right, I'll amend that comment.


У меня есть is usually only used to confirm you do have something or if there's doubt to whether or not something exists. (e.g. у вас есть молоко? Да, у нас есть молоко.)


That's correct of course, but how is this relevant to this discussion? We were talking about bread here.


It's relevant because there's no question of us having bread if we're the ones stating that we have it. It's kind of like saying "Yes I do have this bread which I have". It works, but it's unnatural. Also, apparently any comments I make to Duolingo about why my answer wasn't incorrect get posted as comments. I did not know this.


I'm afraid I still don't really understand what you mean. «У нас есть хлеб, молоко и яйца» is a perfectly natural sentence.

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The archaic plural of молоко - молОки means "milt" or "milt roe" (male fish semen) in modern Russian.

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if it is a question of growing wheat then so it is possible to say so, e.g. there was a soviet song including the words 'хлеба налево, хлеба направо, хлеба на счастье, хлеба на славу' https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n9itu767_3A


In my opinion у нас хлеб, молоко и яйца should be accepted too


You’re right: unlike the version with «у нас есть», this one is used to answer the question “Who has what?”


Can anyone explain the difference in prounciation of я between яйцо and яйца? Specifically, according to the many recordings on Forvo the я in яйца is generally a clear 'ya-itsa' whereas in яйцо the 'a' sound is much reduced or completely absent, more like 'yitso'.


That's right. It happens because in "яйца" the "я" is stressed, while in "яйцо" the stress falls on "о" leaving "я" instressed. Unstressed vowels get reduced in Russian.


Why is "мы хлеб, молоко и яйца" wrong


Because that means “we are bread, milk and eggs”.


So all of these nouns are in the nominative case and that's why their endings didn't change, right?


I put а instead of и for and. It didn't accept. Can you normally do that?


No, «а» requires some contradiction or contrast. It's more of “but” than “and”.


What is the difference between нас and наш


нас = us (as in "Can you hear us?"). наш = our (before a singular masculine noun in the nominative or accusative case) or "ours" (as in "Этот дом наш" = "This house is ours")


Why is bread not in genitive in this sentence?


It's the subject of the sentence.


У нас етсь хлеб, молоко и яйца


I understand now when есть is necessary, but I can't think of an example where it's not. Anyone, please?


Ex.: “It is us who have bread, milk and eggs”. = У НАС хлеб, молоко и яйца.

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