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"Я ем вилкой."

Translation:I am eating with a fork.

December 5, 2015


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is there any difference between вилкой and с вилкой ?

December 5, 2015


They are both in the instrumental case.

вилкой means that you are eating using a fork.

с вилкой means that you are sharing the table with a person wearing the fork costume:

December 5, 2015


I think I see the pattern:

с[о]+instrumental: "with" as in "accompanied by; joined by; the other parties in a conversation. Я говорю с девушкой.

"Instrumental case, no с: "with" as in "by means of; using; via." Я говорю языком.

Is that correct, more or less?

March 11, 2016


With "с", yes. But the instrumental case also works with some other prepositions.

Instrumental on it's own

According to a website about the Russian grammar, there are more than ten meanings (semantic roles) of that case:

  • tool, instrument: есть ви́лкой / to eat with a fork, писа́ть черни́лами / to write with ink
  • patient: владе́ть компа́нией / to own a company
  • agent: дом, постро́енный мои́м де́душкой / the house built by my grandfather
  • effector: кры́шу сорвало́ ве́тром / the roof was blown away by the wind
  • cause: боле́ть гри́ппом / to be sick with flu
  • path, trajectory: е́хать ле́сом / to go through the forest
  • stimulus: любова́ться цвета́ми / to admire flowers, па́хнуть духа́ми / to smell of perfume
  • time: ра́нним у́тром / early in the morning
  • degree: вози́ть во́ду бо́чками / to carry water in barrels
  • aspect: он краси́в душо́й / he has beautiful soul, страна́ бога́та ресу́рсами / the country is rich in resources
  • comparison, orientation: крича́ть сово́й / to scream like an owl, стоя́ть столбо́м / to stand like a pole
  • measure: у́лица длино́й два киломе́тра / a street two kilometers long
  • to begin, continue, finish with, etc: день зако́нчился у́жином / the day was ended with dinner
  • to be, become, turn out, etc: стать арти́стом / to become an actor
  • many more

Instrumental + prepositions с, над, под, перед, за, между

  • говори́ть с дру́гом / to talk with a friend
  • стоя́ть ря́дом с до́мом / to stand near a house
  • стоя́ть над землёй / to stand above the ground, работать над кни́гой / to work on a book (figurative)
  • стоя́ть под мосто́м / to stand under a bridge
  • стоя́ть пе́ред до́мом / to stand in front of a house
  • стоя́ть за до́мом / to stand behind a house
  • стоя́ть ме́жду до́мами / to stand between houses

Concretely "Я говорю языком" is bad Russian; if you want to say that you pronounce words using your tongue inside your mouth, "Я говорю с помощью своего языка́" or "Я говорю, испо́льзуя (adverbial participle) свой язык" are better, but such a phrase sounds strange anyway. Or you mean something else?

March 11, 2016


Nah, I was just trying to come up with a parallel use of "говорю", and "tongue" was the first thing I thought of when asking myself "what do you use to help you speak?"

Thank you for the detailed guide on instrumental cases, though! I'm definitely keeping this for later reference.

March 11, 2016


I could make some mistakes so tell me if you find one. Also, I added "рядом с", this is also instrumental.

To make your life easier, you can consider a noun in the instrumental case an instrument of an action in many cases:

to eat with a fork, to write with ink, built by grandfather, to blow away by wind, to carry water in barrels (nearly:-)

March 12, 2016


A better example: «Я говорю́ гро́мким го́лосом.» = “I speak with a loud voice.”

June 26, 2016


So, would "я иду туда машиной", without the с, be correct? Thanks

April 24, 2017


Can't comment on the rest, but иду implies movement on foot. Еду would be for transport.

May 14, 2017


thank you for the answer :D

December 5, 2015


I died with that fork custom lol!

June 4, 2017


bill in english means also bick.

August 7, 2019


I answered: "I eat with fork. " DL said the correct answer is: "I eat with null fork." I do not understand anything. Can anybody explain it.

June 30, 2016


"Null", in computer terms, is usually referring to a missing value. It's just a Duolingo glitch. You probably should report it.

November 3, 2016


You should use an article in English though - either with a fork or with the fork.

January 16, 2017


I dont know where we use such a sentences like this I have been learning Russian on Duolingo around a year, and I can't make a good conversation.

May 25, 2019


This seems like it would be difficult to hear the ending of вилкой during natural, quick speech. Would most people just guess through context that the person is not actually eating a fork, but eating using a fork if the ending of the word was not very audible?

January 27, 2017


"Eating a fork" would be "я ем вилку", which sounds pretty different because of the "u" sound.

February 12, 2017


Why isn't "c" in the sentence?

January 22, 2018


С means "with" but in the sense of "along with" or "together with". As if you and fork sat down and had a conversation over coffee.

If you are just identifying the tool you are using there is no preposition (for instance "I am writing in pencil" would be Я пишу карандашом)

January 22, 2018


Yes, Russians eat only with forks!

December 15, 2018


you are what you eat. ! I am what I eat..

August 7, 2019
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