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"Я узнаю, где продают такие шкафы, и куплю."

Translation:I will learn where such wardrobes are sold, and buy one.

November 23, 2015



It would be "узнАю" in this case. "узнаЮ" means "I am learning"


Are they different verbs?


They are different forms of the same verb "узнавать". It has two similar meanings: "to find out" and "to recognize". The stress varies only with the change of the tense:

  • I learn many new things - Я узнаю много нового. For example you can say that while watching a interesting TV show.
  • I will find that out tomorrow - Я узнаю это завтра. For example you can say that if there will a meeting with a counsel on the next day.
  • I recognize him - Я узнаю его
  • I will recognize him from the thousands - Я узнаю его из тысячи.


Yes, please report an error next time. No need to write here.


I appreciate explanations on the forum, really the only place you can ask questions on Duolingo and get an answer. Reporting an error just means checking a box which doesn't pass along information to other learners.


You can report an error and it will be fixed for everyone in future

Or you can announce this error in comments. It won't be fixed and only few people will learn that

Everyone can make the choice himself


It's unclear whether it means buy one or buy them


Yes, the amount is not defined precisely, but that is still a complete phrase. Depending on the context it may be either one or several wardrobes.

For example the wife asks her husband: "Please buy 26 quail eggs for our family dinner". In this case husband would easily answer: "Я узнаю, где продают такие яйца, и куплю."

Such answer would fit perfectly meaning 26 eggs. The sentence contains the word "such" which uniquely says there IS some context.

And even with no context it's quite OK to say in such way. It means that the number is selfimplied and does not need clarification.

Still there could be also an object in the end defining the quantity, it's also rather useable way of saying.


True. The Russian sentence is a bit awkward and looks incomplete or taken out of context. You would normally say ...и куплю один, ...и куплю себе, ...и куплю такой and so on.


I think the phrase is OK even without context. I would easily say so with a strong intonation on the word "куплю".

And BTW if you say "Куплю себе" it also doesn't define the number, so all you're trying to say is that the sentence is not idiomatic. The user was asking how to understand what is the number of wardrobes bought.


As a native speaker, this sentence sounds really odd! "I will learn where such wardrobes are sold, and buy one". "I will find out" is much more natural sounding in the place of "learn".


I dunno, sounds like someone on a quest to me.


How can I figure out if it's "buy one" or "buy them"??? Also, can узнаю be translated as "I will find out"?


In english you have to say "buy one" because the verb requires an object. There is no cases in Russian when a verb cannot stand alone. Thus if the number of things bought is not important or obvious we usually don't use excessive word. But you can specify if you need:

  • Мне нужно 5 машин - пойду куплю - I need 5 cars - I'll go and buy them;
  • Мне нужна машина - пойду куплю - I need a car, I'll go and buy it (number is not defined, but the person is most likely talking of an adequate amount of goods - one for countable and a bunch for uncountable goods);
  • Мне нужна машина - пойду куплю одну - I need a car, I'll go and buy one;
  • Мне нужна машина - пойду куплю пять - I need a car, I'll go and buy five of them;
  • Мне нужна машина - пойду накуплю - I need a car, I'll go and buy lots of them.


So then in this sentence, we would assume he is going to buy "some" because he is talking about «такие шкафы», no? Why would we assume he is only buying one?


No, for this sentence the second case fits best. An ordinary people don't need several wardrobes. If it would be a dealer talking about wardrobes that he would resell later, he would you use the word "закупить" instead of just "купить".

I agree, that the original russian sentence is not perfect. I would definitely put it another way. At least I would add the word "myself" in the end, otherwise it's sounds a bit clumsy and unnatural:

"Я узнаю, где продают такие шкафы, и куплю себе."

But still even without specifiying the number, russian sentence does make sense, it is grammatically correct and is understandable.

However if you try to omit the word "one" in the english version, your sentence will be grammatically wrong.


Then it should accept both "buy one" and "buy some". It's not hard to imagine buying cabinets for a business that needs one in each office, or something like that. With no context, the exercise MUST accept both. Otherwise we are not learning Russian, we are trying to read the mind of a test writer.


"ordinary people"often have several bedrooms and might buy a wardrobe for each when moving into a new house.


Yes, then the stress is узнАю.


And about my first question? :)


Well, there is no way to figure out if it's "one" or "them' in this context, but more likely you'd buy 1) They also said "buy one" because we can't say just "buy" in english. "Buy them" should be accepted too.


Also, only one wardrobe is usually needed, so in Russian you can safely use this form in any similar situation.


Шкаф - dressers, cupboards, closets. Много чего соответствует слову "шкаф" по-английски


why not "I will find out where those wardrobes are sold and buy one" it fits the reflexive nature of продаваться!


Probably it wasn’t allowed because you used ‘those’ instead of ‘such’.


why buy only one?


One of those ones with a snowy forest in the back...


For some reason, I was expecting "продают" to be reflexive here. How would the meaning of the sentence change if it was?


I believe there is no difference in meaning, only in syntax.

You can say both variants in English too:

One sells the wardrobes - продают эти шкафы

The wardrobes are sold - эти шкафы продаются


So, why isn‘t this translation accepted?

‘I’ll know where they sell such cabinets and will buy one.’


Guess "find out" annd "know" are a bit different things. Don't you agree?


Well, I guess, but ‘will know’ is listed as a translation, if you hover over the word узнаю...


Truly word "узнаю" can have this meaning in addition to its main meaning. But not in this sentence. For example it could be in the sentence like:

"К тому моменту я уже узнаю, как это решить" - By that moment I will already have known how to solve it.

But this translation is very narrow. Moreover it does not contradict to the main translation, so you could just forget about it and make use only of the main one.


OK, thank you for explaining. Is it more appropriet to you «буду знать» to mean ‘I will know’?


Yeah, much more common


This is annoying


What does shkafy mean? Is it clothes or a clothes closet?


Шкаф is generally any big closet, not necessarily for clothes

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