"У этого ребёнка есть кошка."

Translation:This child has a cat.

November 20, 2015



I don't understand why it is этого in that context? Can anyone explain to me please?

November 20, 2015


Adjectival modifiers follow the gender, number,and case of the noun they modify (except in some tricky cases when an adjective is used with a number and a noun). Этого is the Genitive form of этот

It isn't any more complicated than that. «У» will always take the Genitive case.

The Nominative forms of этот are этот (m), эта (f), это (n), эти (pl).

The Genitive forms are этого, этой, этого, этих.

November 20, 2015


Почему нельзя the child? ведь в английском для русскоязычных такой перевод - норма. Даже иногда выдаёт ошибку если не переведёшь (этот)

April 19, 2016


This course is for speakers of English. It does not matter what the conventions are in the course for Russian speakers.

April 19, 2016


OK. Thank you for the comprehensive answer.

April 19, 2016


it's hard to understand what you're saying due to your poor English grammar

February 29, 2016


OK, you can read the post again.

February 29, 2016


Says the person who forgets to put a capital letter at the begging of their sentence, and a full stop at the end of it.

July 18, 2016


It may not have a mother, but at leat it has a cat

December 13, 2016


Does anybody else think the speaker is pronouncing the г in "этого" as a "v" sound and not the normal "g" sound? Does the г change to a v sound if in the middle if the word?

June 23, 2016


All adjectival Genitive -ого /-его endings always have the [v] sound, as well as the endings of some pronouns that follow. Here are some examples of these forms:

  • добрый → доброго
  • мой → моего
  • какой → какого
  • он → его
  • большой → большого
  • the word сегодня ("today"), a combination of old-fashioned сей ("this") and день ("day")

This spelling is historical;it can be traced back to the times when Г represented a voiced fricative, similar to h in "ham", only voiced.

In бог ("god"), г is traditionally pronounced as х (though, all other forms of the word are pronounced as usual).

June 23, 2016


Since articles don't exist in russian, how do I tell when to translate "the" and when to translate "a?" It didn't accept "This child has the cat."

November 18, 2016


Without context, you can't tell whether 'the' or 'a' would fit best (or even no article - my Russian wife often adds articles in her English even where we don't require them e.g. "the Market Street"). Duolingo should usually accept either (and should have accepted your correct 'this', as 'этого' is present).

May 8, 2018


I thought post was pretty informative

March 1, 2016


Why not кошки

May 5, 2016


кошки is plural ("cats")

May 22, 2016


Why is it ребёнка instead of ребёнока?

October 13, 2018


why " this boy has a cat ? " is not correct ????

May 18, 2016


Boy = мальчик Child = ребенок

May 22, 2016


Isn't child ребёиок?

June 5, 2016



There are also numerous words for baby animals using -ёнок as a suffix: котёнок, волчонок, медвежонок, утёнок, лисёнок, оленёнок (also поросёнок, телёнок, and цыплёнок, though these do not come from свинья, корова and курица).

June 5, 2016


Sorry, had a typo there. Thanks

July 5, 2016


Oh yeah my bad.

June 13, 2016


I want to know the same...

May 21, 2016


If you have no Russian keyboard, which is the symbol that substitutes the "ь"? I've written " ' " instead of, but it doesn't seem to be correct.

June 27, 2016


If you use windows try this: push the windows logo key together with the letter 'r' than a pop-up comes and there you type in 'osk'. You will get an on screen keyboard which you can switch to russian and back.

July 4, 2016


I answered "This baby has a cat" but is gave me the wrong answer !?

November 13, 2016


Ребёнок means child. детя means baby

December 16, 2018


Why is it child rather than girl?

April 3, 2017


What is the difference between ребёнок и ребёнка?

September 12, 2017


Ребёнка is the genitive singular form of ребёнок. (I think.)))

September 15, 2017


Why is кошка not in the genitive case?

February 24, 2019


Why would it be?

February 28, 2019

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this is exactly what the hints say: "у этого ребёнка есть: the child has" but is marked incorrect (assuming the 'has a cat' is also added)

April 6, 2019
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