"We need to find the way home."
Translation:Нам надо найти дорогу домой.
Why can't you use "путь" here?
This was marked incorrect: нам надо найти путь домой
Grammatically the way you offered is correct, but Russians simply wouldn't usually say "найти путь домой". Your variant sounds more like "we need to find the way (solution, variant) how to get home" than "find the way (road, street basically) that leads to home". "Дорога домой" is almost a phraseologism. The difference is just a shadow of the meaning, so if you say to a Russian that you need "найти путь домой", you would be understood :)
You are actually wrong. I am a native russian speaker and нам нужно или надо найти путь домой is actually more used than
It's just a matter of your opinion, you don't have any data to confirm your claim. In my personal opinion Nuept is right. дорога домой is the way most people say it, but that's again, just an opinion.
In the immediately previous question, путь was translated as "way", i.e. Этот путь — к её дереву had the official translation "This is the way to her tree." Could you explain the difference between the two situations? See https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/12688361 . This is confusing.
I only knew this because I have a novel "Dolgaya Doroga Domoy" standing on a shelf next to me ;-)
Usually надо should be followed by an infinitive, right? Is найти just at irregular infinitive?
Whatever might be more common, дорога or путь, it is most misleading that the help only offers способ and путь, but not дорога. I know that in the current context способ ("way" in the sense of "manner", "Art und Weise" in German) would be the wrong choice, but how can I know that путь is neither what Duolingo wants?
"Нужны" is in the plural tense. If you want to use it with another verb, you would conjugate it as neuter, which would be "нужно". "Надо" is the word for "need" that is usually used with other verbs, and "нужна, нужен, нужно, и нужны" are used to express the necessity for things, objects, etc.
so нужно is totally normal and correct for this? there's not really a difference?
Disclaimer --- I am the slowest of slow learners. OK chsemyonova, ... last time I looked, "we" was plural, and here the person has asked about the use of "нужны" and your comment says that it is "plural" Can you, or someone else explain this a bit better please? the second part of your answer about the conjugation has confused me as your explain how to conjugate нужно but I can't seem to match up how that conflicts with the initial question about the "plural" нужны as asked by ontalor. Sorry for being soooo dumb but this has be baffled.......... by the way, I placed both of these into google translate and they BOTH show "we need to find a way home" нам нужны найти путь домой Нам надо найти дорогу домой.
First, careful using Google to check grammar. It will do the best it can to figure out what you meant, even if you didn't say it properly. Yandex Translate flags some errors, but it didn't flag the error in the first sentence.
Нужен/нужна/нужно/нужны isn't actually a verb: it's a short-form adjective meaning "needful" (with есть missing as usual). So "мне нужно Х" translates literally as "to me is needful X" or "X is needful to me". X is the subject. So нужен doesn't agree with the person who needs - that's the indirect object - it agrees with what's needed. It's like нравиться (which is a verb, however). So:
- Ей нужен велосипед.
- Ему нужна машина.
- Мне нужны яблоки.
- Стиву нужно яблоко. (my attempt at rendering "Steve")
A verb phrase has no gender, so it defaults to neuter.
why isn't the use of способ correct? Duolingo, google and the dictionary all state "the way" is способ. I have been doing Duolingo and this set of lessons has so many mistakes it is almost impossible to have the patience to do a lesson. You point out mistakes to Duolingo on discussion or with an email and they ignore the mistakes.
It is my understanding that способ means "way" in the sense of "a way of doing something", not a physical path or road. See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D1%81%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B1
Was способ in the hints? Although the hints have improved, they still get a C- (3).