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"Почему ты всегда опаздываешь?"

Translation:Why are you always late?

November 24, 2015



One of the most common questions teachers asked :)


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I'm guessing because he/she isn't a wizard?


After all, a wizard is never late...nor is he early.


Always arrives whenever he likes.


Isn't it possible to say зачем here, instead of почему?


I think if it's assumed that their intent is to be late.

Зачем, to my understanding, would be perfectly acceptable to use if you're asking your rebellious teen why they choose to never show up on time.

But if you're asking for some unspecified cause, or you're not assuming the cause is a result of their intent, i.e. they were late because there was heavy traffic, or they woke up late, or they lost track of time, I think почему would be used.


What's the ь at the end of опаздываешь for?


It's a remnant of the time when "ш" also could be soft. Just remember that verbs in second person singular always have the -шь ending.


You mean "when "ш" could be hard" don't you? No need usually for a soft sign for soft consonants, after all.


It is a soft sign. It means that the consonant before it ш should be pronounced softly. In Russian each consonant can pronounced be either soft or hard. Usually this is actually expressed by having each vocal in two forms e.g. soft я versus hard а which also changes the consonant in front of it. Sometimes there is no vowel and then you use the soft sign ь.


Ч, Ш, Ж and Ц are always soft in Russian, at least in the standard language. -шь a the end of the verb conjugation for ты is a historical spelling, exactly as @Gwenci said.


Ч, Ш, Ж and Ц are always soft in Russian, at least in the standard language.

I thought that ж, ц, and ш were always hard, and ч and щ are always soft. Am I wrong?


No, you are indeed correct. The ь after ш at the end of words is an historic remnant and does not affect the pronunciation.

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Что делАТЬ? ОпаздывАТЬ.

Что он делаЕТ? ОпаздываЕТ.

Пишется "Что ты делаЕШЬ? ОпаздываЕШЬ." Но звучит ""делаЕШ" и "опаздываЕШ".


When the people who developed the Russian language did it, did they think to themselves we'll remember all these very long words and all the cases with all the rules or did they have to learn it themselves. (The word for "is" is almost a book).


Why are you late always? - is it not correct?


Well your word order isn't really English. It should be: why are you always late. Having said that this is a Russian lecture, don't feel bad about this!


Thanks. I pass the Russian course to learn English. And I can not understand when the adverb is placed within a sentence and when at the end.


There is also a course to learn English if you already speak Russian, or do you learn both languages at the same time?

It is a long time since studied English grammar, so you might get better expansions from someone else. Note that late modifies and adjective: late. It is he is always late, it was always hungry, she is always beautiful. Other examples would be often, rarely, really, .... these words should go before the adjective that they modify.

This does not apply to words that don't modify the adjective for example. You are late, today. You are late on Mondays. You are late as always.


Yes, I pass both courses. Thanks for the explanation


In UK English, it is correct to say "Why are you late always ?"


No, it definitely isn't.


What about "running late", "running behind", "delayed"?


I like "why do you always run late" or "why are you always running late" for english translations. are they accurate?


Possibly--there are always so many variations with different shades of meaning or context. "Run" or "Running" gives it a sense of continuity or repetition. For example, you might always be late for work (once each day) or you might always be running late for meetings (throughout the day). Also, people say they are running late when it's in process, like 10 minutes before a meeting you call and say, "I'm running late; I will be there in 20 minutes."


Well, опаздываешь is a verb after all. The English idiom is "Why are you always late?", but it's an idiomatic translation, not the more literal (and correct) one HamzaBashir1 suggests. I'd think Duo should accept "Why are you always running late/do you run late?"


it said the answer is why do you always come late


Why is "why are you always running late" wrong here?

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    That hit home a little too close


    You mean that hit a little too close to home?

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      Well, I tried to recall that phrase from memory. English is not my first language.


      Actually, your first version isn't wrong and gives a different twist to the concept in the sentence. Perfectly fine to my ears - even a nice creative and refreshing way of restating a tired old phrase.


      "Late" is an adjective so the literal translation of the phrase is "Почему ты всегда опоздавший?" but Russians don't say that.


      Because I'm studying Russian.


      Would "get late" or "be late" work?

      edit: I've looked it up. They don't work


      Both those sound really odd to me... what are you thinking the sentence would be?


      Like Theron126 says, you really need to put your suggested answer into a complete sentence.

      But still - "get late" is just wrong English idiom. You shouldn't even try to use it.

      "be late" might work, but it's suggestive of English subjunctive tense, which has been almost but abandoned by English speakers. We rarely use that tense anymore.


      Is "Why do you always be late?" wrong?


      Bad word ordering. You'e supposed to be answering in formal english, and not slang.


      Because it takes time to do things correctly.


      what to put to make it, "Why are u always so fck late?"?


      Because i'm Brazilian


      Achei ofensivo, chego horas cedo p n chegar segundos atrasados.

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