"Сколько у вас собак?"

Translation:How many dogs do you have?

December 28, 2015



Why this is not correct - как у вас собак - how is your dog?

June 27, 2016


Because собака is declined there... I don't even know how you'd translate that back to English (of dogs how are you?). Regardless the point is it doesn't make much sense in either language. If you want to ask how someone's dog is you could say Как ваша собака?

January 14, 2017


To me this sounds like "how do you have a dog?" Like you were surprised to hear that somebody had a dog because it was assumed that they were incapable or not permitted to have one.

March 9, 2019


So "сколько собак у вас есть?" Not ok?

January 12, 2016


Yes. And "Сколько у вас есть собак" too. But "Сколько у вас собак" is prettier.

January 12, 2016


so when is the есть not necessary?

February 15, 2017


From the notes of Basics 2:

Omit ”есть” if the existence of the object is obvious or not the point — very typical for describing traits or a number of objects (“Tom has a beautiful smile/large eyes”, “She has a very fat cat”). This also applies to expressing temporary states and illnesses (“She has a migraine”).

"How many dogs do you have?" Could indicate that the person in question has at least one dog. The point here is not if that person has a dog or dogs, but how many dogs this person has. I think this is the reason why you would not use есть here.

September 1, 2017


Your choice is more official, the choice from the task is more colloquial. Report it next time.

January 12, 2016


Сколько sounds sound a different when pronounced by itself

December 29, 2016


How many dogs have you ?

December 28, 2015


Less common way to say this in English, but entirely OK, should be accepted. Report it.

December 28, 2015


I don't consider it less common. That might just be British, or maybe even just me, but I use this all the time. It should certainly be reported, anyway.

December 28, 2015


To me it's grammatical but doesn't make sense. It sounds to me like the dog owns you instead of the other way around.

August 11, 2016


Maybe I speak bizarrely, then...

August 11, 2016


'How many dogs have you got?' is what you're looking for.

September 11, 2018


How many have you of dogs. Such a fascinating way to think and phrase an idea/question.

December 30, 2015


Could an answer also be "How long do you have your dogs?" ? Just curious. I thought it would be "how long do you have your dog" at first but since it's plural it would have to be dogs. If it's in any way correct of course.

April 2, 2016


No. Your choice has another meaning. It would be "сколько у вас собаки?" (plural) or "сколько у вас собака?" (singular). Another way to say your choice:

"How long do you have this dog?" - "Как давно у вас эта собака?"

"Сколько уже у вас эта собака?" or "сколько у вас уже эта собака?"

Сколько у вас эта собака находится?, or also with "уже" (the same meaning) "сколько уже у вас эта собака находится?" / "Сколько у вас уже эта собака находится?".

"Сколько у вас собака (or собаки) по времени?", or also your choice with "уже" with the same meaning "сколько уже у вас эта собака (/эти собаки) по времени? / "сколько у вас уже эта собака(/эти собаки) по времени?"

As you can see the sentence from the task has "собак" in the genitive case and your choice has "собаки" in the nominative case.

If you want to ask about the quantity of dogs you have to get the "dogs" in the genitive case:

"Сколько собак у вас живёт?"

If you want to ask about the quantity of time (how long, etc) you have to get the time in the genitive case:

"Сколько времени у вас живут собаки?"

April 2, 2016


Thank you :)

April 3, 2016


Neon_Iceberg wrote:

If you want to ask about the quantity of dogs you have to get the "dogs" in the genitive case: "Сколько собак у вас живёт?"

Why живёт and not живут when собак is genitive plural and I am obviously asking about more than one dog?

May 20, 2017


Сколько becomes the subject (like много) - that is considered neuter singular.

May 20, 2017



May 20, 2017


What is the difference between "Сколько у вас собак?" and "Сколько у тебя собак?"

It seems to me that the potential difference would be that "вас" is plural and "тебя" is singular resulting in a sentence addressing one person, "How many dogs do you have?" or a sentence addressing multiple people, "How many dogs do [you all] have?"

April 8, 2016


You've halfway got it. The difference between "вас" and "тебя" is the same as between "вы" and "ты" or French "vous" and "tu". "Вас" is either plural or polite singular. "Тебя" is informal singular.

April 8, 2016


how the order of the words goes in a sentence? i yet to fully understand it and this sentence just reminded me how much so. can someone explain to me the guidelines or send a link who do?

June 6, 2017


Which case is собак? And why

July 16, 2017


It is the Genitive plural. Много, мало, нет, несколько, сколько, немного and numerals over 5 combine with the Genitive plural.

In the Nominative, large numerals essentially behave like nouns. Compare the following structures:

  • корзина яблок = a basket of apple
  • ящик овощей = a crate of vegetables
  • вагон труб = a carriage of pipes
  • полная машина кошек = a car full of cats (or a carful of cats)
  • пять яблок = five apples
  • восемь труб = eight pipes
  • тысяча кошек = 1000 cats
  • много кошек = many cats / a lot of cats
  • Сколько кошек? = How many cats?
July 16, 2017


I'm reading it "how many have you dogs."

January 20, 2018
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