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"В коробке кошка."

Translation:There is a cat in the box.

November 22, 2015



Это кот Шрёдингера, да? ;)


And of course, a cat in a box can be

  • alive.
  • dead.
  • furious.

GNU Terry Pratchett


It may also be human given sufficient morphic field instability.


It's a paradox... Is the cat alive or dead?


"In the box is a cat." was marked wrong?


That doesn't really sound like natural English. Although it does make sense and is a closer literal translation.


Same problem, and there's nothing particularly unusual about it in English. It is a more direct translation, and quite acceptable English, in my opinion! Ok maybe it sounds a bit like a line from a nursery rhyme, but I think it should be accepted as it's clear that the meaning of the Russian was understood.


This phrasing makes sense if the box is already established and the cat isn't. "He's carrying a box. In the box is a cat."


Native English speaker here, and I have to agree with the others saying that it sounds perfectly natural to say in English. And even if it sounded unnatural, it should still be correct.

Edited to say: Also it should be translated this way because you can use "In the box is a ___" for most of the other phrases in this particular lesson.


Isn't there always?



There was when my cat Heidi was alive. If there was a box, you could guarantee that within a short time it would contain Heidi. There were three other cats, but none of them had quite the same fixation with boxes. Happy memories. :-)


May Heidi rest in peace ..


I opened that box thirty seconds ago! How is there already a cat in it?


If it fits, it sits.


Average time for a cat to sit in an empty box: 2.3 seconds.


Я хочу сказать: "Is the cat dead or alive - that is the question."

Это как?

«Эта кошка мёртвая или жива - это сомнение»


"Жива кошка или мертва - это вопрос".

As a side note, for some reason when people talk about the Schrödinger's cat, they usualy call it "кот" rather then "кошка". But that, of course, is not a strict rule in any way.


Can you explain why мертва instead of мёртвая? Or is it the same? Thanks.


Both are technically correct, but "жива" and "мертва" sounds better than "живая" and "мертвая".

Long adjectives are mostly used to describe a constant quality, while short adjective are better for describing the state in witch the object is right now.

I know the distinction is kind of blurry, especially with the word "dead" which is permanent either way. But still, we prefer to use the short form when contrasting life and death, and talking about the fact that someone has died and the long form when just descibing a dead person or an animal.

Short form:

  • "Мы не знаем, жив ли кот или мертв" - "We don't know, whether the cat is alive or dead"
  • "Его бабушка мертва" - "His grandmother is dead" (as opposed to being alive. This sentence is not about her dead remains, but about the fact that she is no longer with us)
  • "Он мертв, Джим" - "He's dead, Jim" (He might have survived, but no, the doctor confirmed, he's dead)

Long form:

  • "На дороге лежит мёртвая птица" - "There is a dead bird on the road"
  • "Его мертвое тело нашли в реке через три дня" - "His dead body was found in the river three days later"
  • "Там волк!" - "Не бойся, он мертвый." - "There's a wolf there!" - "Don't worry, it's dead" (It's not about the fact, that the wolf has died recently, but rather about the fact that a dead animal can't attack us)

I hope, that helps. Sorry for the grim examples :)


Did Schrodinger write this question? ... it's a trick! :P


The best excersice so far


Why is "there is a cat on the box" not valid?


"On the box" is "на коробке". "In the box" is "в коробке".


We can't really conclude whether there's a cat in the box or not unless we open it :)


Why would it not mean, 'the cat is in the box"?


It's the word order. The cat is in the box would be кошка в коробке. The first word in the sentence is the thing you already know. If you know which box, then it's "a cat" sitting in "the box". If you already know which cat, it's "the cat" sitting in "a box" (or the box).


"cat had simply grown tired of being subjected to the experiment and wandered off"

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Коробка ends in a so its feminine, so why in propositional case takes e and not и??????


У меня мои член в коробке

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