"У мамы нет чая."

Translation:Mom has no tea.

November 20, 2015



The computer pronunciation for чай and чая is quite poor

April 27, 2016


It's absolutely unintelligible! All I could hear was something like черя or чера.

February 8, 2018


It sounds really чере)) which is completely wrong:))

May 8, 2018


So, чая ends with я because the У... нет form uses genitive, and tea is a "soft" word. Did I got it ?

December 2, 2015


It's simply because the preposition нет makes the word that comes after it in the genitive fom, so й changes to я) Also the same thing with у (genitive)

January 21, 2016


So all words in this case end with ya or only some?

March 31, 2019


Words after the preposition У are in genitive case, and мамы is the genitive feminine singular form of мама.

Negated words are also cast in genitive case, and чая is the genitive masculine singular form of чай.

July 27, 2017


Could this also be translated to "Mom does not have tea"? That is how I read it, but I dont know if thats wrong or not.

July 14, 2016


I checked. Yes, that would be accepted.

March 22, 2018


Произношение ужасное

October 27, 2018


The conversion of й to я is not stated in the gentive grammar table from what I've seen.

January 23, 2019

Masc - - й й ь ь
Case Sing. Pl. Sing. Pl. Sing. Pl.
Nom. - ы й и ь и
A-In. - ы й и ь и
A-An. a ов я ев я ей
Gen. а ов я ев я ей
Dat. у ам ю ям ю ям
Instr. ом ами ем ями ем ями
Prep. е ах е ях е ях

There is also a special form of genitive "tea" which is spelled: чаю instead of чая.

January 23, 2019


Jeffrey, this table is both clear and practical. Have you made it, or where does it come from ? If it's from Duo, I can't figure from which part of the website. If you agreed, I'd be happy to have the feminine and neutral cases version of it (if needed PM me).

June 30, 2019



July 15, 2019


Why could you not translate this: Mom is not having tea?

November 20, 2015


That has a different meaning than this sentence. This sentence means that mom isn't in possession of any tea. To say "mom isn't having tea," is to mean that mom is drinking tea.

November 29, 2015


what does У mean at the beginning of the sentence?

June 19, 2017


It is the preposition that functions as the verb "have" in English. If you've played video games, take it as the hotkey to access the inventory of the following noun:

  • У smb. есть smth. - There is (есть) smth. in smb.'s inventory.
  • У smb. нет smth. - There is no (нет) smth. in smb.'s inventory.
December 17, 2017


У literally means "by" or "near". The format of у...есть.... literally means "by/near [someone] is/exists [something]" which is translated quite freely (idiomatically) into "[someone] has [something].

у...нет... is the negative of that - "by/near [someone] (is) not [something], which is idiomatically translated into [someone] has no/does not have [something].

So here, у мамы нет чая literally means "by Mom is not tea" = "Mom has no tea".

January 23, 2019


Can someone help me with the endings of cases im having trouble remembering them? Please.

October 23, 2018


"Mum/mom hasn't got/doesn't have tea" should work, as well.

November 3, 2018


Почему в данном случае нельзя перевести так "Mom does not have a tea."?

May 16, 2019


Chay is also the Hindi word for tea, so striking and pleasant always to see such similarities between languages.

May 19, 2019


As an English Mum, this would mean war in my house!

July 7, 2019
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