"Почему он не работает?"

Translation:Why is he not working?

November 30, 2015



Could this also be "why does it not work?" (e.g. if a piece of equipment has broken)

December 9, 2015


I think "it" is оно, but don't quote me on that...

December 14, 2015


Russian "он" "она" "оно" work based on the gender of the noun (word) they refer to. When this nouns are directly persons (names or pronouns), that is their gender as well, so "он" is "he" and "она" is "she". However, when these nouns are objects, English would use "it" but Russian uses "он" "она" "оно" depending on gender.


If you are referring to a "стол", table, use "он".

If you are referring to a "река", river, use "она".

If you are referring to a "вино", wine, use "оно"

All three previous examples would be "it" in English.

July 2, 2016


работать can't be used for something "working" like "functioning" right?

October 18, 2018


Вопрос:Почему он не работает? Ответ: Он не работает, потому что он не хочет. Он сейчас больной.

Вопрос: Зачем он не работает? Ответ: Он не работает, затем что он пойдёт на вечерник вечером.

Это правильно?

November 26, 2016


"Зачем он не работает?" sounds wrong. "Зачем?" = "for what reason?" meaning some goal why the action is (not) taken. So the answer sounds wrong as well.

November 27, 2016


Weird that it sound wrong in Russian. In English, it does not sound so wrong.

‘For what reason are you not working?’ = ‘What reason do you have to not be working right now?’

November 27, 2016


"Зачем он не работает?" is more like "for what goal isn't he working?". I think the meaning is weird. Use "почему", "отчего", "по какой причине" to ask about the cause.

November 27, 2016

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    I think «зачем» generally doesn't work very well with negative sentences.

    «Зачем он взял выходной» sounds much better than «Зачем он не работает», «Зачем ты оставил окно открытым» sounds much better than «Зачем ты не закрыл окно».

    I'm not sure why, though.

    November 27, 2016


    Could we accept "Why isn't he at work?"

    November 30, 2015


    No, this would be "Почему он не на работе?".

    November 30, 2015


    I can tell you from experience that just because someone is at work, doesn't mean that they are working. Thus these are two different sentences with two different meanings

    October 18, 2018


    Why doesn't he work? why he doesn't work? i think the second is correct

    January 27, 2016


    No, the verb always comes after a question word in English.

    February 11, 2016
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