"Мы за год написали три книги."
Translation:We wrote three books in a year.
"We wrote three books in a year", - said ghost writers of Dontsova :-)
They're working too slow, she'd need to hire more ghost writers to keep her speed of ten books a year. ;)
Yes, sometimes a preposition can 'steal' the main word's stress, when the main word is stressed on the first syllable. This doesn't happen often, and when this happens, this is usually optional.
In this case, it's optional: both за́ год and за го́д are correct.
In Russian, an unstressed "О" is pronounced as a schwa (ə), /ZAgəd/. In English we have it too, desolation /dezəLAYshən/, metamorphosis /meddaMORfəsis/
Because it's not stressed: за́ год is pronounced as a single unit (as if it were a word) with stress on за́. Pronouncing it with a stress on го́д (за го́д) is also OK.
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Мы написали три книги в год -does this change the meaning (or does it even make sense? ) thanks in advance :)
Does it? It doesn't sound good to my eat without imperfective.
«Мы писали три книги в год» sound OK to my ear, but «Мы написали три книги в год» sounds pretty strange.
I agree that it's awkward and unnatural-sounding. But what if you're talking about a finite term that has already ended? Like, "we wrote three books per year, for five years," meaning finished them. Wouldn't the perfective написали work in this context?
Hm, I'm not sure. I would use «Мы написали три книги за год» for a year that has ended. I can't vouch for all the speakers, of course, but for me, «Мы написали три книги в год» sounds pretty strange.
Thanks, I think I finally made the connection between the perfective and за in this expression and you confirmed my theory.
No, because it's one year.
За один год.
If you say 2,3,4, or any number ending with 2,3, or 4, then it would be
за два года,
за сорок три года,
за сто двадцать четыре года.
The exception is numbers 12, 13, 14, and numbers that end with 12, 13, or 14. That would be за тринадцать лет.