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"This blue skirt is not mine."

Translation:Ця синя спідниця не моя.

January 24, 2016



What is this блаки́тна word? I thought blue was сині.


Both are accepted. And both are given to you in exercises, because in this section you are supposed to learn both :)


I wrote "Ця не моя блакітна спідниця." Not accepted. Reported. Just a different word order.

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    Well, the word order matters here. If you put «не моя́» before the «спідни́ця», it's no longer a predicate: it becomes a modifier to «спідни́ця». So, «Ця не моя́ блаки́тна спідни́ця» is no longer a sentence with "is", this is a nominal sentence with no verb at all: "This not-mine blue skirt", "This blue skirt, which is not mine".

    This really matters. «Спідни́ця черво́на» means '[The] skirt is red'. «Черво́на спідни́ця» means '[A/the] blue skirt'. (Technically, «Черво́на спідни́ця» could mean 'The skirt is red' if you emphasise «черво́на» with intonation. However, you can't do this with «ця не моя́ блаки́тна спідни́ця»: sandwiched between two modifiers of «спідни́ця», «не моя́» can only be understood to be a modifier of «спідни́ця» and in no other way.)

    Using «блаки́тна» instead of «си́ня» is OK, but note it has І, not И.


    Thank you for this good explanation!


    Ця блакитна спідниця не моя -> This blue skirt is not mine.

    Це не моя блакитна спідниця -> This is not my blue skirt.

    Note: no other word order is really possible


    In Ukrainian, "синій" and "блакитний" are different colors!!!

    [deactivated user]

      But both can be translated 'blue'. Therefore, both work as a translation for this sentence.


      Yes. Of course. Blue - синій. Azure - блакитний.

      But I want to that blue be блакитний, and azure be синій. ))))


      In English there is no distinction.

      синій -> blue, dark blue

      блакитний -> blue, sky blue


      Note also the change from ця to це if you change the word order; showing it has changed from 'this (blue...)' to 'this is (not...)'.

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