Translation:Dad never goes to work on foot.
EDIT: Apparently both are acceptable: http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/17943/ddg#290176
Thank you. I figured as much.
I think I read somewhere (possibly the hints here) that while English hates double negatives, in Russian negative agreement is pretty much required. This was the first sentence in which I noticed it (there may have been ones earlier, I was just focused on other aspects), so I figured I'd take the opportunity to ask.
(It was hard to envision without examples)
We adore double negatives :D Я никогда не любил её- I never loved her Ты никогда не увидишь - you'll never see And something strange - я тебя не не люблю - I love you ) Я тебя не не ненавижу - I hate you (if u see double negatives before the verb, you can just "close" them)
I think "adore" is too weak. You take them as mistresses and bend them to your well. And from what you're saying, two at a time even! Maybe three!
I haven't seen the true doubles (не не) you mentioned before, but thank you for the heads up! That would have completely confused me.
Is that used just to make it extra clear? I mean, like for emphasis (as if two weren't enough :D )?
This happens because if one takes никогда=never and removes the leading ни-, that would turn the word into когда=when. And the affirmation turns into a question: Он когда не любил её = When didn't he love her . So to keep the word order flexible in Russian, we have to tolerate the word forms that look like double negations.
Incorrect. "Father" is accepted. The problem is the definite article "the" before father, indicating it's someone else's father, whereas the "папа" in the sentence means it's the speaker's father. So "Father" on it's own (although a little stiff and old-fashioned perhaps) is accepted.
There's no method to this madness. You have to remember them all case by case. Ok, there are some general patterns, like it's usually "в" with buildings, enclosed spaces, countries and cities, and it's usually "на" with open spaces, surfaces, events and activities ("work" goes to this category), islands and peninsulas. But even then there are a lot of intricacies and exceptions, so there's no simple rule, only memorising.
The English idiom is "to [travel] to work", not "to the work".
Also, Папа is probably better translated as "Dad" rather than "Father".
In American English, "Mom" and "Dad" are used as name to refer to one's parents. It is extremely formal (and almost never used) to refer to them as "Mother" and "Father".
When using them simply as identifiers, one can say "my father" or "my dad"/"my mother" or "my mom".