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"Том очень устал."

Translation:Tom is very tired.

December 11, 2015



I'm a bit confused. It accepted "Tom was very tired." and "Tom is very tired."


"Том устал"="Tom has got tired"="Tom had got tired" literally (устал is a perfective verb in Past). Past Perfect and Present Perfect are rendered the same way in Russian as a Perfective in Past, so you don't know if it's finished right now or long ago.

However, English has its own common way to express the fatigue: "Tom is tired"="Том уставший", "Tom was tired"="Том был уставший" (past participle from "уставать"). It is a more special way to say in Russian, like to say "Tom tires" in English.


I think I know what you want to say, but why is "Tom got very tired." not accepted?


Thanks for the response! I'm still confused, but I'm sure given a little more time and a bunch more examples, the patterns will sink in!


A problem English-speakers have with this sentence is the use of очень. In American English, we never use "very" as a verbal adverb - it's an adjectival adverb which intensifies adjectives. In English, "very" would transform "tired" from a verb into a predicate adjective - leaving the English sentence without a verb ("Tom very tired." needs a linking verb like "is/was".) That makes it difficult to understand exactly how очень устал functions.


Wow, you have learned so many languages. Compared to you, I am nothing! And a nice streak too! Have a lingot!


I translated очень as really, and it was not correct, while it was accepted hundreds of times…

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For some reason "Tom's very tired" wasn't accepted


Duo often rejects contractions involving apostrophe-s ('s), because of ambiguities in certain instances between "is" and "has".

There's no ambiguity in your sentence, but programming which 's combinations are not ambiguous and which are would be a real problem.


We haven't been using names like, forever! We just stuck to Я, он, она, ты and вы


in this sentence, can it be the short form of уста́лый?


Short form of "усталый" is not used, like you don't say "он был устал", although it feels grammatically correct. Because it sounds odd.


Can this also mean "Tom was very tired"?


How do i say Tom was very tired?

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