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"У него нет карандашей."

Translation:He doesn't have any pencils.

January 5, 2016



While Russian doesn't have definite/indefinite articles, the word order can inform on the degree of knowledge participants to a conversation have about the things they're talking about. Emphasis, meaning new ideas/elements, goes to the end of the sentence, while things that were previously known of fall back towards the beginning.

The definite article "the" means that it is already known which pencils are being discussed, so "He does not have the pencils." would be translated as «Карандашей у него нет.»


What's wrong with "He does not have the pencils." How should we say "He does not have the pencils" in Russian?


makes you miss the ol' der, die, das...


Why cab't it be "the penciils"? How would you say that if not the above?


Apart from your spelling mistake that should be accepted.


How to say: He doesn't have a pencil? У него нет карандаша?


Correct. карандаша́ genitive


I entered "He doesn't have pencils" which was accepted but:

You have a typo. He does not have pencils. with "not" underlined. What's worse, there was no "not" in the word mix to choose from, but there was "does" and "n't".


Where does the word "any" enter the translation?


I'm wondering how to interpret the word "any"...? Is it because нет карандашей is at the end of the sentence And also because the word нет is used instead of не? Спасибо!


I think it's just because we'd be much more likely to say that than "He doesn't have pencils".


Any - никаких. У него нет никаких карандашей.


Why "he has no any pencils" is considered wrong??


It's "He has no pencils" or "He does not have any pencils".


Rejected "he hasn't any pencils," which is synonymous with "he doesn't have any pencils."


"Hasn't any" is a construction that is exclusive to British English, and unfortunately Duolingo has made it very clear that American English is its standard. Try reporting it anyway, perhaps the mods of this course would consider it.

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Strange that "hasn't any" is exclusive to British English! I've been speaking American English all my life, and it was the first thing that popped into my mind. I have spent two or three years in England over my life, though, so maybe it has crept into my usage from that route.

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