In the box are presents. Why is this incorrect? There is no "здесь" or "вот".
Anyone else have a hard time hearing и? I thought I heard "e" (but not sure if that is the correct spelling.
Я думаю, что в звучит как ф когда предшествует согласной. Кто-нибудь может это подтвердить?
I think the sound of в is dependent on the consonant before or after. I probably read about it in some grammar book, but the point is it would depend on if the consonant before/after is voiced or unvoiced. If it's voiced, then в would sound like English "v"; if it's unvoiced, then в would sound like English "f".
Here, в sounds like "f" because к is unvoiced.
Edit: I looked it up. In chapter one "The Sounds of Russian" under "The Consonants", then "Voicing Rules" of Schaum's Outline of Russian Grammar (2nd Edition), it says "A voiced consonant is pronounced voiceless when followed by a voiceless consonant". The example is в театр - в sounds like "f". (Note however that в "does not cause a preceding voiceless consonant to be pronounced voiced". Твой is pronounced "tvoy", not "dvoy".
"in the box are gifts" is a form used when describing a situation. Does Russian have an equvalent form? If not, that translation should be accepted.
For english speakers, is there a difference between present and gift? Im not native speaker btw :c
"There" is not included in this sentence. Maybe if вот was written somewhere?
"There in the box are gifts" has a slightly different meaning in English. The phrasing "there are" indicates the existence of something. But with "There in the box are gifts", "there" is acting as an indicator to "in the box". Because you separated "there" and "are", you're not talking about the existence of something being "in the box".