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"Девочка ничего не понимает."

Translation:The girl does not understand anything.

November 22, 2015



I'm afraid that this sentence describes my relationship with spoken Russian.


~Jaqen H'gaar


I hope it's not the same girl who "cannot cook but eats a lot"...


In other examples she has a boyfriend, so this is his problem


Can we put "ничего" at the end, as "Девочка не понимает ничего"?


Native Russian speaker, but not a linguist

Yes, you can, but there is a slight difference. In Russian, the order of words in a sentence can be used to put a semantic emphasis. Usually, the last word carries the main burden, or, in other words, the last word is stressed out

So, when I read these sentences I read them this way (in parentheses - my understanding, the information I've got):

  1. Девочка ничего не понимает (something is happening around a girl, but the girl is a bit confused)
  2. Девочка не понимает ничего (probably, the girl is a bit stupid because she understands NOTHING. Or the really strange things have happened there)

In the first case we are talking about girl's reaction (не понимает), in the second - about the amount of information recognized by that girl (ничего).

I am not sure that I am explaining... But! The answer to the main question: yes, both Russian sentences are valid and correct, and they have almost the same meaning.


That was very helpful, thanks!


Спасибо для ответ! Вот лингот :)


Non-native speaker:

I believe that would be possible but sound irritated, emphasizing ничего. Like saying in English "The girl does not understand ANYTHING", with special emphasis on anything.


No, or at least it would sound queer, as, to my understanding, the order for negation words is al the ни words that you put, go befor the не. That's what I remember beeing told on my other course


Am I the only one who feels like I'm unraveling a story from these lessons?


...And that was the first sentence I learned to recognize in Russian evil smile


Shouldn't it be ничто (accusative) instead of genitive?


It's ничего becuase when we talk about things not existing, we use the genetive. Like "нет столов," "there are no tables" Ничто gets used when it's the subject of a verb. "Ничто не вечно" "nothing lasts forever."


What's the difference between девушка and девочка?


She had no time to see the snake, ouch!


me if i visit russia no but jk im actually good at this lol


Why was "the girl understands nothing" not accepted?


Anyways, I'm "The girl"


Would it be wrong if i exclude the 'ничего' here?


I like that I can't use "doesn't" so I'm forced to separate my apostrophe and make two words.


Why the double negative though?


ничего is an adverb or a pronoun, according to my dictionaries. On its own it means 'nothing'. But for English we just have to accept Russian wants a double negative, adding не.


So, if the girl didnt understand me, I would say девочка не понимает меня, right? And we put ничего before the verb because it's a pronoun? Why not девочка не ничего понимает though?


Probably Девочка меня не понимает unless you were really trying to emphasize ME. More like, if in conversation: "The girl doesn't understand who?" - "The girl doesn't understand me"

And I believe девочка не ничего понимает is something like "the girl understands not-nothing" but don't take my word for it


Can i am writting:" the girl understand nothing"?


It would be correct English, as long as you properly inflected understand: "The girl understands nothing."


"The girl doesn't understand anymore".

Why does the translation is wrong? Does "anymore" and "anything" isn't interchangeable in this case? Sorry, i'm native to neither English nor Russian.


No. You can not freely interchange "anymore" and "anything" in English, or in Russian as far as I know.

I believe "The girl doesn't understand anymore" = «Девочка уже не понимает»


Why "little girl" Isn't accepted? It should "Girl" Is девушка


Ты ничего не понимает, Джон Сноу!


yeah, this sentence really resonates with me

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