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"Я буду в Україні два роки."

Translation:I will be in Ukraine for two years.

June 19, 2015

21 Comments


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

where is the preposition "for" ? I sentence: "I will be in the Ukraine two years"is grammatical and synonymous to the sentence above.


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

You don't need a preposition here in Ukrainian


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

Ukraine, not "the" Ukraine. It is an independent country now. :-)


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

It was independent in the interwar period and was still "the Ukraine."


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

'The Ukraine' is considered part of the attempt at 'Russification' of Ukraine to supress it's culture. A lot of English-speaking Ukrainians do not use the term and it is considered inflammatory amongst some groups.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarryLord1

Those terrible Russians! They came over here and changed the English language, just so they could suppress Ukrainian culture! The prospect of a Slav teaching English speakers how to use articles is faintly amusing.


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

A native English speaker I asked considered "I will be in Ukraine two years" ungrammatical without "for."

In the Ukrainian sentence, you do not need a preposition, because accusative case is used to express duration.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brjaga
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I don't think that's the case across all English dialects. "I will be in Ukraine for two years" sounds better to me, but I still find "I will be in Ukraine two years" to be grammatical (Native Am. English speaker).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J1DM1u

I'm another native (American) English speaker, and I think it sounds fine with or without the preposition "for". A sentence can't express an "amount" specifying when an action will happen without a preposition, (preferably "in" for this case) so even without "for" it's clearly expressing duration. The preposition does make it sound more proper.

I liked your comment above about using accusative to express duration...so many useful things to learn!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Terry974029

I guessed with FOR rather than IN


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

If you write this sentence in the present tense does that mean that you have been in Ukraine for two years and are still there?


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

Yes. If you want to write this sentence in the present tense, it will be: "Я (знаходжуся) в Україні два роки" - the verb in tips is not obligated to use. The sentence means that it's already two years like you are in Ukraine.


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

You meant Я в Україні два роки? = I have been in Ukraine for two years? Is that correct?


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

Yes. That is what I wonder about.


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

Yes, it is correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brjaga
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How would you say "I will live in Ukraine in two years" instead of for?


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

Я житиму в Україні через 2 роки


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anthony321946

You don't need one in English either! 'for' is optional.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllenDePau6

My answer was correct. I don't know why duolingo said it was wrong


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

The word for is actually optional. In Ukraine, the word for is "understood". Both translations to English have the identical meaning. Omitting the "for" is not wrong at all.

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