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Implicit "to be" in first module

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"?

May 21, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.

May 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hailey006

Thanks!

May 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/farfettillejl

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

May 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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

May 21, 2015
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