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"Вы знаете её книгу?"

Translation:Do you know her book?

December 17, 2015



i dont understand the cases and the more i read abiut them here on doulingo the more confused i become. can some one recommend a good source. or perhaps they can improve the explanation.


The short version is that nouns change their shape depending on what role they play in a sentence.

In the sentence "The boy goes to the store with his mother to buy a book" you have a subject who does the action (boy, nominative case) , a direct object that is the thing acted upon (book, accusative case), and two objects that are objects of prepositional phrases (to the store and with the mother).

Different languages treat these differently; for example, English only distinguishes between pronouns (I/me, he/him, she/her, etc.) and other nouns do not change their shape depending on where they are in the sentence, while Russian identifies six different "roles".

If you want a much longer version try here.


thank you very much. your explanation plus the link helped a lot.


Would the sentence in Russian be (using Yandex translate):

"Мальчик идет в магазин с мамой купить книгу"?

Google translate has a slightly different version:

"Мальчик идет в магазин с мамой, чтобы купить книгу"

Can you say if both versions are ok? Thanks in advance!


I don't really know. I was just explaining the difference between the different functions that nouns can have in a sentence and picked a sentence that had a bunch of examples. Slight differences in translation into Russian is way beyond me at this point.


both are OK, the latter preferable


Благодарю вас.


I would say the first is preferable - it's shorter and more used in speech


I find this site to be pretty helpful and it is also free. I haven't gone deep into the lessons about cases yet but the other lessons I've done were informative. Hope this helps! http://www.russianforfree.com/lessons-russian-language-contents.php


Thank you for the link. It seems a really good tool for Russian learners.


Спасибо! Я русскоязычная с литературным языком, для меня, но даже больше для моих испаноязычных друзей , эта ссылка очень полезна. ЛИДИЯ


The book is hers. The book is in accusative then, yes? Or do i misunderstand?


Yes, book is in accusative.


Yes, знать takes an object in Accusative (as the most verbs I think given without a preposition).


What's the meaning of this phrase ?


It needs some context, but the general meaning is whether or if the person being asked is aware that she wrote and published a book, if the person has some knowledge of what the book is about, and whether the person may or may not have read it.

There are many aspects about the book which the person may or may not know: how successful it has been, how well-known, what effect it has had, whether it is regarded as a good book or not, etc.

"Knowing" a book implies some unspecified amount of familiarity with it, but may be as simple as only having heard it was published. The person could respond, "Oh, I heard something about that. Is it selling a lot of copies? How have the critics reviewed it?"

Alternatively, the answer could be, "Oh, yes, I've read it twice and I loved it! What a great novel - her second, I believe. She is such a good writer."


The sentence is unnatural.


Both are OK but I like #1


Alguien que hable español :s el verbo знать significa saber y conocer como en inglés?


Pienso que sí. Según esto "знать" parece significar todos los dos.


Is Вы referring to plural you, and ты to singular you? would both be correct, depending on who am i talking to?


Wouldn't it be more proper to state - "Вы знаешь её книгу?"

it seems here, знаете is plural : https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%B7%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B5

whereas, знаешь is for singular: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%B7%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B5%D1%88%D1%8C

Why should we знаете here?


Вы can be either the plural form of You or the polite form of You. Ты знаешь Вы знаете Doesn't matter if the object is plural or singular.


When do you use eë versus Heë?


All non-nominative forms of он, она, оно, они get an initinal Н after the vast majority of simple prepositions (i.e. «у», «от», «перед», «в», «на», «через» but not «благодаря» thanks to or «согласно» according to):

  • У неё есть пицца
  • У них с ним контракт
  • Мы думаем о нём.
  • Я возле них

Note that possessive её, его, их never change and never get the н even if a preposition happens to precede them:

  • У неё есть кошка. = She has a cat.
  • У её кошки есть котёнок. = Her cat has a kitten.
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