Questions in Russian
My Russian teacher assures me that when forming a question, the voice does not simply rise at the end of the sentence. It rises at the most important word or emphasis in the question. This is giving me all kinds of trouble. Has anyone else heard about this?
ТЫ хочешь яблоко? -Do YOU want an apple? emphasis on YOU. The question is you or someone else wants an apple. ///
Ты ХОЧЕШЬ яблоко?-Do you WANT an apple? emphasis on WANT. The question is whether you want to or not.///
Ты хочешь ЯБЛОКО?-Do you want an APPLE? emphasis on APPLE. Question do you want an apple or maybe an orange or something else.
Olga, that is an excellent and easy to follow explanation!
Here's a lingot for you.
Your teacher is right. Take for example the sentence “ Ты куда идешь?” The most important word is “куда’’ and the sentence should sound like ‘’ты КУДА идешь?’’
Elena130264, that's how I also learned it in school a very long time ago. And I have yet to really get the hang of it! As a native English speaker, I find it difficult to add the rising inflection at any point other than the end of the sentence. I keep trying though!
Bonne chance !