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"In the evening, he is going to be in Moscow."

Translation:Вечером он будет в Москве.

November 27, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garry_S

Почему не принимает: "Вечером он собирается быть в Москве" ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yury1979

да, действительно, почему ? в англо-русском курсе такой перевод всегда принимался! плюс к этому , в этом курсе не принимается артикль " The", а только " This".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wayne902574

Why are we using a double passive?

Wouldn't this be, "In the evening, he will be in Moscow?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/an_alias

passive

Context assuming he doesn't delete his comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/servolock

Is there a reason why "Он будет в москва вечером" should be marked wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
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  • 1937

Wrong case for Moscow. It should be prepositional, hence "в Москве". In any case, "Москва" is feminine, hence it should get a different ending in all cases other than nominative.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/servolock

Well, yes, Москве. My typo. Sorry. But with that fixed, what about my original question... putting вечером at the end instead of the beginning?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
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  • 1937

In this case it would be grammatically correct, but the emphasis would shift. By default, a new/essential bit of information is conveyed by the last word of a Russian sentence. Hence "Вечером он будет в Москве" tells you where he will be in in the evening, while "Он будет в Москве вечером" tells you when he is going to be in Moscow.
This rule is not 100% strict though and can be easily overridden by intonation in actual speech, but for a written sentence that would be the natural interpretation.

In any case, both translations should be accepted in this exercise.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/islandmonkeee

Why is it only вечером that is accepted and not во вечером?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
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  • 1937

Because "во вечером" is wrong. Russian "утром" (in the morning), "днём" (during the day), "вечером" (in the evening) and "ночью" (at night) are actually adverbs which don't take any prepositions, just like English "today" or "tomorrow".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bill.grimmett

And why not "Вечером, он собирается в Москве?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
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  • 1937

You translation is grammatically incorrect. Preposition "в" (as well as "на") takes the accusative case to indicate direction and prepositional to indicate a location. The verb "собираться" by itself simply states the intention, and hence cannot be used with a description of a location without another verb (e.g. "быть" - "to be").
You could say "Вечером, он собирается в Москву (accusative)", which would correspond to "In the evening, he is going to head to/for Moscow". While grammatically correct, this would not imply that he will actually arrive there in the evening, it's a statement of when he is planning to depart for Moscow.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bill.grimmett

thank you. в москву then is what I should have written.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fTkm1

Why not "вечером, он идет в москве"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/an_alias

I think (I'm still learning, myself) that there are several things that would make your phrase less than ideal.

I think yours comes across something like: In the evening he goes [by foot] in Moscow

  • Declension of "Moscow" - The Duo translation is emphasizing location (he will be in Moscow) so it's using prepositional (москве), your sentence is emphasizing the direction (he's going to Moscow) so you need Moscow in accusative: Вечером, он идет в москву (In the evening he goes [by foot] to Moscow)

  • Verb choice - Moscow is pretty big and he's not there now so, while possible, it's unlikely he would walk there. Идти (Идет) implies walking, if you wanted to say "go in a vehicle" you'd want to use Ехать (едет). Вечером, он едет в москву (In the evening, he goes [by vehicle] to Moscow)

  • Verb tense - We're talking future tense here and Идти (идет)/Ехать(едет) is present tense. Technically I think будет ехать will work but (and note, I'm terrible with aspect) I wonder if the perfective поехать(поедет) might be better: Вечером, он поедет в москву (In the evening, he will go to Moscow)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
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  • 1937

To add to what an_alias has already pointed out:

How does your sentence account for "to be" in the English sentence?

Also, to elaborate on his/her second point, you could use the verb "идти" (not in this translation, but in general), but you would have to use a correct case and preposition. Specifically,
Идти в Москву (accusative) - to go to Moscow by foot. (Probably OK if you talk about medieval Moscow, but hardly relevant nowadays.)
Идти по Москве (dative, as required by preposition "по") - to walk in Moscow (location, not direction).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/susanashe

so how do you say 'is going to ... '

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