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    How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    I think it should be:

    Yours. Mine.
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    Re: How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    Can't imagine a context where one can translate those phrases that way.

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    Re: How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    In my Pimsleur audio lessons, here is the example given (in English):

    Question: Should we go to your place or mine?

    Answer: Mine.

    or

    Answer: Yours.

    When I translate it using something like Google Translate, I get something different from 'Mine' and 'Yours' so I am trying to understand it better.
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    Re: How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    Hmm. What exactly does the Russian speaker say?
    "У меня" can mean either "at my place/in my house" etc., or "in my possession". (У меня есть книга = I have a book. Он живёт у меня = He's staying with me).
    "Should we go to your place or mine?" could be something like "К тебе пойдём или ко мне?" in Russian.

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    Re: How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    Ah, thanks translationsmru.

    It is explained to mean 'at my place' and 'at your place' but since another book I have didn't describe 'вас' and 'меня' as that, I figured it couldn't literally mean 'At my place' and 'At your place', since I don't see any words in the sentences that would correspond to 'place'. I guess it is just a Russian way of speaking that is inherently understood by natives? Or is it more detailed that that?
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    Re: How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoftPretzel
    I guess it is just a Russian way of speaking that is inherently understood by natives?
    More or less.

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    Re: How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    It means where you are, where you live

    У вас в России очень холодно бывает иногда.

    У нас тут солнце редко светит.

    It also can refer to something happening to you.

    У меня голова болит

    У него украли бумажник
    "С чий очи сънувам, чий е този лик обречен?
    Смъртен глас ми се причува и отеква с вик далечен
    Как да зърна да погледна, чуждий образ да прегърна,
    на лицето ми студено грях в надежда да превърна.."

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    Re: How would you translate: У вас. У меня.

    This grammatical construction is widely used in Russian.
    For a correct translation the extended context is always required.
    I myself remember having difficulties with translation such a construction from russian into english because diversity of it's meaning is quite considerable.
    If my post contains errors of any kind, I'd appreciate anyone setting me straight.

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