Results 1 to 5 of 5
Like Tree6Likes
  • 1 Post By gRomoZeka
  • 1 Post By it-ogo
  • 2 Post By maxmixiv

Thread: и vs. а, saying "and". Help with that, please?

  1. #1
    Подающий надежды оратор
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    28
    Rep Power
    7

    и vs. а, saying "and". Help with that, please?

    I've seen people use both "а" and "и" to say "and." Is this because of a change in topic, or is it OK to use it anytime?

  2. #2
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Ukraine
    Posts
    5,076
    Rep Power
    22
    There's a difference between "и" and "a". "И" is mostly used in simple recitation of objects or actions. "A" can be roughly replaced with words "but", "while", etc., and often there's some kind of contrasting statement.
    For example:
    Я люблю фрукты и овощи = I like fruits and vegetables - you can't use "a" here, it's always "и".
    Я люблю фрукты, а мой брат - овощи = I like fruits, and (=while) my brother likes vegetables.
    Antonio1986 likes this.

  3. #3
    Завсегдатай it-ogo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Ukraine
    Posts
    3,049
    Rep Power
    26
    This is one of the most common problems of English speakers with Russian. Conjunction "а" sometimes is translated to English as "and", sometimes as "but". Though in Russian in most cases it is not interchangeable with "и" nor with "но". Very roughly: "а" is used to introduce a new or different meanings, "и" is used for the enumeration of the similar objects, "но" is used to describe limitations. Mostly.
    Antonio1986 likes this.
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

  4. #4
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    198
    Rep Power
    4
    Very roughly: "а" is used to introduce a new or different meanings, "и" is used for the enumeration of the similar objects, "но" is used to describe limitations. Mostly.[/QUOTE]

    After reading through this forum I came across this topic. Could you give me a few sentences with "а", "и" and "но" + some explanations? Actually I don't know what you mean by nor "limitations" nor "new or different meanings".

  5. #5
    Завсегдатай maxmixiv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Omsk, Russia
    Posts
    1,543
    Rep Power
    25
    Лошадь может бежать быстро, но недолго.
    У Васи красная рубашка, а у Вити синяя.
    Автобусы и троллейбусы перевозят более 90% пассажиров.
    fortheether and Antonio1986 like this.
    "Невозможно передать смысл иностранной фразы, не разрушив при этом её первоначальную структуру."

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 20
    Last Post: June 22nd, 2014, 08:50 AM
  2. Replies: 12
    Last Post: November 22nd, 2010, 08:37 PM
  3. Replies: 14
    Last Post: March 24th, 2010, 04:03 PM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: March 16th, 2010, 12:13 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Russian Lessons                           

Russian Tests and Quizzes            

Russian Vocabulary