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"My sister is helping me to make lunch."

Translation:Моя сестра помогает мне готовить обед.

November 19, 2015



I used приготовить here. What's the difference?


Imperfective готовить suggests that you're focusing on the process of making lunch; perfective приготовить could suggest you're more concerned with the result (maybe 'helps me get lunch made [so we can eat]). That said... when you're using an infinitive there can be overlap in the choice of aspect - sometimes either aspect can be grammatically correct, though speakers might favor one or the other given a particular context.

It's hardly a scientific study, but for what it's worth, a quick google search gave these results: помогает мне готовить - 5,590 hits помогает мне приготовить - 3670 hits

I tried checking other aspectual pairs after помогает мне and the results were pretty similar.


Instead of готовить, would делать work here?


Not really. "Делать" is not normally used with food.


How about сделать?


Делать is okay here. Commoners talk this way.


So it's colloquial but not quite comme il faut?


I think you can look at готовить more like "prepare"/"make", and делать as "do"

For example, the word "готов" (same root) means "ready" (он готов - he's ready)


The hints in Russian are useless because they are so often wrong. The object here should be to teach, not trick.


When is it ok to put мне (a direct object in this case I believe) after the verb and when is it ok to put it before the verb? I used it after the verb in a pervious sentence and it was marked wrong.


Hard to say without seeing your other sentence, but it's likely that it should have been fine; word order in Russian is very flexible and often has more to do with context, emphasis, and tone, than a strict grammatical rule.


I think the other excersise you're referring to is:

я перевожу ету статью, а ты мне помогаешь.

I am also curious about differing placement of мне.


I have the same question.


When a personal pronoun is an object (direct or indirect), it's usually put before the verb, unless it's being emphasized for some reason.


Just a guess, but maybe мне comes after помогаешь here so that it can be next to готовить, since it's мне who is the primary person doing the готовитьing. In other words, мне is the indirect object of ты помогаешь, but it's also sort of the subject of the verb готовить in the "to cook lunch" clause.


моя сестра помагает мне сделать обедю only 1 letter mistake and dont works anoying its not a russian lessons but ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ "how to spell perfect in foregin language but still cant talk in it "


I am finding the same thing. And that is 3 years after your comment! So, I am also giving something else a go. There is a woman - Inna that has set up "Comprehensible Russian". She seems to have a different approach. No or little grammar, and slow speaking 99% of the time in Russian. I hope that by using her as well, then my level of comprehension and speech will improve because using Duo is not all that helpful, especially with a drunk robot speaking or should I say mumbling. There are only two reasons that I have not canned this bl*^dy course 1) I hate giving up half way through anything and 2) there might, just might still be a few useful things ahead in the second half.


And there is NEVER any guide or help to provide learning. It's just right or wrong, 100% on your own.


'Помогать' calls for the dative. Part of the so-on of the tips list - Dative for the recipient: говори́ть, сказа́ть, писа́ть, чита́ть, дать, принести́ and so on.


Why is it моя сестра помогает мне готовить обед and not моя сестра помогает меня готовить обед? Shouldn't we use genitive when the object is animate? I'm pretty sure I am animate


Many Russian verbs 'govern' (are used with) a specific case – помогать/помочь always takes the dative. Володя им помогал. Volodya was helping them. Я помогал своей сестре. I was helping my sister.

Good textbooks often give this information by including the question words in vocabulary lists; so you 'll see помогать/помочь (кому? чему?), or интересоваться (кем? чем? instrumental), for example. It's good practice to memorize this whenever you learn a new verb. :)


Ok, this is very useful information! Thank you Curt!


So it's wrong to switch обед and готовит? I don't remember the word order being so fixed in the USSR, but am obviously misremembering.


The English translation provided is slightly off. "To" should be omitted in the infinitive form of "to make." The sentence should be "my sister is helping me make lunch"


Take the following two sentences:

  1. My sister is helping me make money.

  2. My sister is helping me to make money.

In the first sentence the direct object will receive money with the help of the subject. In the second sentence the subject is giving help in order to receive money for themselves.


Well, not really. Maybe 2. is slightly ambiguous, but to bear your meaning it really should have a comma after 'me', and perhaps the words 'so as' after the comma. As it stands, your 2. is pretty much synonymous with 1.

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