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"В Москве метро закрывается в час."

Translation:In Moscow, the metro closes at one.

December 4, 2015



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does час usually mean pm or am? or is it as ambiguous as in english


час means "one o'clock" when you are telling time.

You see, in Russian you cannot shorten "один час" to "один" when you say time by the clock. We use «час» for that. For example, if you want to say "See you at 1 o'clock", you say «Увидимся в час» whereas "Увидимся в один" is unnatural and sounds quite confusing for a native speaker.

To specify whether it is a.m. or p.m., use Genitive «дня» ("in the afternoon") or «ночи» ("at night"):

  • Я проснулся в час дня. = I woke up at 1 p.m. = I woke up at one in the afternoon.
  • Я проснулся в час ночи. = I woke up at 1 a.m. = I woke up at one in the morning.

Most commonly, ночь refers to time from midnight to about 4 a.m. Personally, I already call 4 a.m. "morning" in Russian. It is different from English where morning is formally defined as time right after midnight. In Russian «утро» requires that there actually be a possibility of sunrise (at least in the summer) and doing morning activities.


В Москве, метро закрывается в час ночи, да?


"Moscow's metro" is not accepted instead of "the metro of Moscow"


I would say "Moscow's metro" is московское метро.


How do you say "in/within an hour" then?


"In an hour" = через час. For "within an hour" you might say в течение часа, but it sounds kind of weird if you know when the metro is closing specifically. In other cases, "within" in a time context might be "до". For instance, "within the week" could be translated as "до конца недели".


audio omits the initial "В" (at both speeds)


The female voice, at least, pronounces it at both speeds.


"In Moscow the tube closes at one" was marked wrong. Does the British term "tube" only refer to "London Underground railway system"? Or can it refer to all kinds of "metro"?


It refers only to the London underground.


I was surprise to learn that many metro systems close for nightly cleaning. I was also surprised how clean they are. Barcelona's was spotless and Moscow's looks so nice in the pictures. Now i like to refer to the 24 hour, NYC subway as the "sewer train".


А где passive voice? Метро закрывает само себя? Или я ошибаюсь?


in the UK we say 'tube' not 'metro' - but that is wrong


Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't "tube" a nickname for the London metro system specifically?

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