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"The cat likes to eat mice."

Translation:Кошка любит есть мышей.

December 9, 2015



Wait.... Is мышей in genitive or animate-acusative plural? I thought it was a feminine noun. And if genitive, why? I'm lost :(

[deactivated user]

    It's accusative, мыше́й is animate.

    All plural nouns have almost the same declension regardless of the gender. Only singular feminine nouns have a separate accusative form.


    Ahhh, I see! большое спасибо)


    Maybe I'm just tired, but why кошке?

    [deactivated user]

      The suggested answer has ко́шка, not ко́шке: Ко́шка лю́бит есть мыше́й 'Cat likes to-eat mice'. Ко́шка is the subject of the sentence, it does an action of 'liking' (it's not really an action but the language allows us to describe 'liking' as if it were some action done by cat).

      You can use ко́шке if you use a different verb: «Ко́шке нра́вится есть мыше́й» 'To-cat it-is-appealing to-eat mice'. Here, the sentence is subjectless (in English, it has a dummy subject 'is'), so the action of the verb «нра́вится» is a state of environment: somehow liking to eat mice is not a cat's decision, it's a state of the things. Note we use the same structure for the weater («Хо́лодно» 'It-is cold', «Ко́шке хо́лодно» 'Cat feels cold; To-cat it-is cold').

      In the second construction, 'cat' is not a subject: it has not chosen to 'like' eating mice, it's simply how things are. So, cat is not really 'doer' of the action, therefore we use the dative case and not the nominative in Russian. (But only with нра́вится. Люби́ть has a 'doer'! Probably because люби́ть is somehow stronger and implies that when you лю́бишь something, you show this by actually doing something.)


      Why is it коту?


      Нравиться asks for the dative case. Мне нравится, тебе нравится... Кот =male cat Коту = dative case


      Можно сказать и кушать


      why does "нравятся" is wrong


      Because нравятся is specific form only for plural nouns: кошкам/кошке нравятся (who?) mice, but кошкам/кошке нравится (what to do?) eat mice.


      Кошка любит есть мышек? (the form for 'mice' I found in a dictionary, which is both genitive and accusative) So is the given answer an alternative form?


      I've never seen cats eating mice. They just catch a mouse and bring it to you (espesially early in the morning when you are sleeping in your bed).... Good morning, mom! Meow!

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