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Implicit "to be" in first module

hailey006
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Hi! I noticed that in the sentence "Mama ta tato tam," it means mom and dad ARE there. Where does the "are" come from? Is it part of the word "tam" and is there a second word to just express "there" without the implicit "is/are"?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sval.Infi.Dire.

Ukrainian and the East Slavic languages rarely use "to be". If there's no verb, but one subject and one object, to be is implied. In past tense, though, you usually have to use it. бу́ти is the infinitive.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hailey006
hailey006
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Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/farfettillejl

I was a bit confused by this too - thanks x2! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/unPlatypus

Rant: if you are annoyed by this, wait for Polish course: we have "to be" as it functions in English, it's very similar to Ukrainan but written in Latin alphabet :D

3 years ago