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"У мене є один дім та один кіт."

Translation:I have one house and one cat.

May 25, 2015

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

You can never have enough cats.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex_tv80

Sometimes you may not be sure how many cats you really have


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

What's the difference between і and та?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sagitta145

No difference whatsoever, in Ukrainian there are several words for "and" purely for the purpose of sounding melodic.

Actually, we also have "й", yet another form of "and". We use these different forms so that the phrase rolls easily from your tongue, with no vowels or consonants clashing.

Examples:

consonant-consonant: брат і сестра (brother and sister)

vowel-vowel: Олена й Олександр (two names)

vowel-consonant: : мама та тато (mother and father)


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

Thank you for the explanation! I love this quality of the Ukrainian language - more languages should follow their example :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sagitta145

Haha, well, you know, sometimes when we speak we ignore this :) For instance, "мама і тато" is definitely more common colloquially (but that's because та тато in a row sounds a bit funny) , Олена і Олександр is possible, people say that, although I wouldn't normally do that, sounds like chewing butter, "а-і-о" one after the other.

But some, of course, you would omit naturally, if, let's say, the word itself ends with "i": коні і коти (horses and cars) sounds retarded to me --> коні та коти

And for poetry its very important, makes everything pretty ~


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

Hi! That answered my question before I even asked! But what is the difference in pronunciation between "і" and "й"?


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

"і" is a vowel, while "й" is a consonant, so they are really different. й is something like "y" in "hey". "і" - ee


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

As I understand it, there's not really a difference, except sometimes it "sounds better" to say та rather than і in a particular sentence.


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

Sometimes та means "but". Example : сонце світить, та не гріє. The sun is shining but it's not warming


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Warao1

Can та also mean 'that'


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

Yes, but the femenine type of "that".


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

Is "building" an acceptable translation of дім?


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

building = будинок, дім = house, home.


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

Does it matter what which form of a number I use when speaking?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sagitta145

What do you mean? If you mean the ending (один/одна/одне) then yes, because in this case один is not simply a number but something closer to an adjective or a posessive pronoun, at least as you see the endings behave absolutely in the same way.

один кіт <-> мій кіт

одна сестра <-> моя сестра

одне місто <-> моє місто

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