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"Я ходив у банк вчора."

Translation:I went to a bank yesterday.

June 29, 2015



Isn't this an incorrect verb usage? Wouldn't one use the perfective form?


Perfective form:
"Я пішов у банк вчора" - The action is single and does not recur.

Imperfective form:
"Я ходив у банк вчора" - The action is not multiple and could be repeated many times.


Why not I walked to a bank yesterday?


I'd like to know, too!


It means Went for a business ... Can you walk for a business ?


Тому що walked означає гуляв а went ходив


The (definitely specific, not just any unknown random) bank, not a bank, would sound more natural


I struggle with cases sometimes, but shouldn't у банк be у банку?


As I can recall being a native speaker, but not knowing much grammar..

When a noun is used with у/в as a direction/destination of movement (and not current location, which would be - Я в ба́нку) it does not change if it is masculine or neutral:

"Я ходи́в у банк", "Я йду в банк", "Я піду́ в банк" (went / am going / will go to a bank).

"Я ходи́в у посо́льство", "Я йду в посольство", "Я піду́ в посольство" (went / am going / will go to the embassy).

But if it is feminine, it does change:

"Я ходи́в у кав'я́рню", "Я йду в кав'ярню", "Я піду́ в кав'ярню" (went / am going / will go to a cafe). Accusative case. Coffe house - Кав'я́рня (nominative).

And it changes for all - feminine, masculine, and neuter - when used with "до". Case - genitive:

"Я йду до ба́нку", "Я йду до посо́льства", "Я йду до кав'я́рні".

The construction with "до", I believe is more "Ukrainian" one. And "в/у" is probably formally correct, but it is Russian. Sadly we have lots of Russia in our lives.


у банк, which is Russian, rather than Ukrainian, is when you go there. у банку means you are inside the bank.


I'm not a native English / Ukrainian speaker, but I would translate "Я ходив у банк вчора" as "I went to the bank several times yesterday". If I want to say I was there just once, I would use "Я йшов у банк вчора". Am I right?


I do not think that "Я ходив" must mean that "Я" went several times. It can describe going once as well.

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