"There are wolves and bears in the forest."
Translation:В лесу волки и медведи.
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Prepositional normally still stays "lése" but there are some masculine words like "most" = bridge and "sad" = garden, that still use the old Russian form of locative case with. "-у" or "-ю" at the end ("lesú") I just read this in the discussion about "there is a horse on the bridge" - sorry, I can't go back in my app to see who wrote it.
It's grammatically correct, but it means a different thing. With the neutral intonation, they mean these things:
- «В лесу́ во́лки и медве́ди» 'There are wolves and bears in the woods' is a sentence that tells us something new about the woods: that there are wolves and bears there.
- «Волки и медведи в лесу» 'The wolves and the bears are in [the] woods' is a sentence that tells us something new about the wolves and the bears: the fact that they're in [the] woods.'
English marks known information with 'the', and newly introduced information with 'a'. Russian puts old information near the beginning of the sentence, and new information towards the ends.
Please note that you can also mark new information by the intonation. «В лесу́ во́лки и медве́ди» with «в лесу» emphasised by intonation still means 'The wolves and the bears are in [the] woods', however, it adds more stress to 'the woods': as if you want to make sure the listener pays attention to the fact they're in the woods, and not somewhere else. Also, we don't usually mark intonation in writing, so we usually use neutral intonation in writing.
The intonation is not usually typed, I just marked the emphasised word with italics (which are actually displayed not as italics but as oblique font for me, but anyway) — not sure if that displays correctly?
Marking intonation is a pretty complex linguistic task, and there's more than one system for this (one of them is described here; the intonation I call neutral is the pitch accent L*, the emphasised is the pitch accent HL*), but native speakers don't usually know any. We sometimes mark the emphasised word with italics, bold text or uppercase, but usually we don't mark anything at all.