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"Я тебя не вижу."

Translation:I do not see you.

November 17, 2015



Would I say "I can't see you" differently?

[deactivated user]

    Probably no. I would translate "I can't see you" as «Я тебя́ не ви́жу» normally.

    «Я не могу́ тебя́ уви́деть» is a possible alternative, but it implies you've made some effort trying to see the listener and still can't see them, or it can mean that you can't meet someone in person.


    Thanks for the possible variants. English is not my mother tongue and I think in the past, I've been taught that "I see" can be also used for mental understanding, while "I can see" is only used for getting a visual input.

    [deactivated user]

      Oh! It's not my native language either, so probably it makes sense to wait until a native speaker comes :)

      Russian «видеть» in «Я тебя не вижу» is not used for understanding, only for getting visual information.


      as a native english speaker (ages 7-30): the "see" in "I do not see you"/"I can't see you." is only regarding the visual. "see" only means understanding in a context where it is explained i.e. "I can see your meaning."/"I can see your point of view"/"I can see where you are coming from"(see note below) the only exception being the phrase "I see", a short version of "I see it" where "it" can be either visual or understanding depending on the context.

      person A: Look! There's the explosion!

      person B: I See! (i.e. I see it=the visual sight of the explosion)


      person A: THAT is the meaning of life!

      person B: I See! (i.e. I see it=meaning/understanding of life)

      note: "I can see where you are coming from." is an idiomatic phrase meaning the same thing as "I can see your point of view", so the phrase is refering to the understanding and not the visual location of where the person "came from". (sigh) Unless the context involves someone who just arrived to your location.


      For something visual, "I don't see you" sounds strange, and the natural sentence is "I can't see you", but this is not currently accepted by Duo, so it may be different in American English (I'm British). It's the same with the verb "hear".


      "I don't see you" sounds normal to me. I'm American so maybe that's a difference.


      Is Я не вижу тебя also correct?

      [deactivated user]

        Technically yes, but the default word order is to put the object pronoun before the verb (unlike objects expressed by nouns and phrases: these usually come after the verb).

        When you move the word to change the word order like this, you add emphasis to the last word. So, in «Я не ви́жу тебя́», «тебя» is emphasised, i.e. 'I don’t see you', 'It's you whom I don’t see' (the important fact is that I can't see you and not someone else).


        Thanks! Have a lingot

        [deactivated user]

          is тебя the pronoun ты in accusative or genitive form? are they both тебя?

          [deactivated user]

            Now that's a good question! I think it's accusative since we don't generally use genitive for living beings (Я не вижу Светлану sounds much better than *Я не вижу Светланы).


            "I can't see you" should be accepted as a correct translation...


            I write - I didn't see him. Is this wrong I think duo needs to improve his english grammar!


            "я не вижу тебя" can be?


            How would you say "I cannot see you"


            Again, native speaker here, this would translate as "I can't see you" as well.


            Add the option to slow the speech sound.


            Why is the word order «Я тевя вижу» rather than «Я вижу тебя» like it is in «Я вижу мама» or «Я вижу её»? Can someone explain why when using тебя that the word order changes from the usually SVO to SOV?


            Could it be "я вижу не тебя" too?

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