"У неё нет ни чашки, ни ложки."

Translation:She has neither cup nor spoon.

December 15, 2015



"She has neither cup nor soup", that's Duolingo's official answer. Does that sound akward to anyone else?

November 9, 2017


It's a poor translation.

April 15, 2019


What is the difference between the Russian words for "cups" and "spoons" and their respective singular accusative cases?

December 15, 2015


Enter the words here to get the full conjugation table: http://starling.rinet.ru/cgi-bin/morphque.cgi?flags=endnnnnp

You might already know this, but these here aren't plural, they're singular genitive.

December 15, 2015


Oh, I get it now, it's genitive because it shows possession! It's so confusing... Here's a lingot for your help!

December 16, 2015


it's genitive because there is "net", not because of possessive. it could be "u nee chashka i lozhka", if she has. after "net", always genitive.

January 2, 2016


It's VERY confusing, but I will have to remember that. Thanks for your help!

January 2, 2016


An English speaker would most likely say, "she has neither a cup nor a spoon."

August 25, 2018


"She has neither cup nor spoon" is a terrible translation into English. No one would ever say it like that.

January 13, 2019


"she has neither a cup or a spoon" please add it

June 19, 2017


Neither always pairs with nor, not or* :)

July 27, 2017


Why is the pronoun неё not present in this humongous list: http://www.russianlessons.net/grammar/pronouns.php ?

February 15, 2016


See 'note 1' on that web page about when to prepend н to её.

March 3, 2016


Ah! Missed that one, thanks.

March 3, 2016


does “she doesn’t have either a cup or a spoon” work?

October 7, 2017


I used this too. As long as we don't use double negatives either one should work! (Or neither one should not work. Or something.).

June 3, 2018


But she has neither cup nor spoon? Is ok?

September 1, 2018


No, I just tried it and I was marked wrong

April 1, 2019


According to the table on the genitive case, for female nouns ending in 'a' the ending becomes 'ы', for female nouns ending in 'я' the ending becomes и. As both cup and spoon end in 'a' why are these endings contradictory to the table?

March 16, 2018


Why is this valid question unanswered for so long??

April 12, 2018


Theron126 answered it at the top of the page partly. The negative demands the genitive singular case of spoon and cup and they don't follow the table because of the 7-letter rule:

The 7 letter rule: Whenever you make any form of a word, and you need to write И or Ы, check this: after К, Г, Х and Ш, Ж, Щ, Ч always use И.

If it was cups and spoons, as the sentence is in the negative you would need to use the genitive plural of cups and spoons which are чашек and ложков. This is a very useful sitehttp://starling.rinet.ru/cgi-bin/morphque.cgi?flags=endnnnnp

Just enter any word in the box and it gives you a little table of all the different forms of that word in all their different cases.

I thought I was ploughing a lone furrow on this course as all the comments seem to be 12 months old. It's nice to know I am not walking to the sound of my own footsteps here:-)

April 12, 2018


I have the same confusion because of plurals

July 28, 2018


This sentence requires knowing the database answer(s) by heart. Please add more variations to the answer.

E.g.: "She has neither a cup nor a spoon", or: "She doesn't have a neither a cup nor a spoon". "She hasn't a cup or a spoon".

June 19, 2017


She neither has a cup nor a spoon

April 9, 2019


Bad grammar.

It would need to be "she has neither a cup, nor a spoon" or "she neither has a cup, nor has a spoon" (the latter sounds a little odd, though).

April 9, 2019


Now that you mention it, I see the problem. Your first version sounds a lot better.

April 10, 2019
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