Is the genitive used for indefiniteness here? In other words: would "Кошка любит есть мыши." mean 'The cat likes to eat the mice.'?
This isn't genitive. Because mice are animate, the accusative matches the genitive in the plural (though because мышь is feminine this doesn't apply to the singular forms). "Кошка любит есть мыши is ungrammatical.
Of course, thanks!!
Couldn't we regard it as a plural partitive genitive? 'The cat likes to eat a few mice.'
Not fluent enough to say for sure if that would make sense or not, but I lean towards no. Certainly simply "the cat eats mice" is the most obvious translation here.
What's a gluttonous cat. Isn't one mouse enough for this cat?
Мыши очень маленькие
Male voice says "кошки". Pls only use female voice for audio practice.
Edit: I guess he uses a mix between а and и, which could be considered natural. But still super difficult for an audio test.
But you weren't fooled, because you heard the singular verb, right? :)
Is the male voice a particular accent? His pronunciation of кошка almost sounds like кошки. I also have this impression in many other cases, e.g. words ending on ой
how do we know that мышь is feminine. The dictionary gives no gender
Мышь is feminine by default.
Мышак is masculine. Not used so much.
Why is it not Мыши?
To me it sounded like " Кошки любят.. "
Why do we not learn russian grammatic in dueolingo?? I don't understand a shit