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    Меня - у меня etc

    I'd be very grateful if someone could spare me a few minutes and give me a brief explanation of the above.

    I understand Меня in sentences such as : Меня зовут

    But i'm less sure (haven't got a bloody clue) in sentences like : у меня / у него / у вас

    I can work out why words like него/неё are used but not the 'у'.

    I'd also like to know if the following is correct:

    у нас - talking to a single person.
    у вас - talking to more than one person.

    Apologies in advance if this requires more than a basic explanation as i'm always conscious of taking up too much of peoples time.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    A woman will always have the last word in an argument.Anything the man says after that is the start of a new one.

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    Re: Меня - у меня etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Black Cat
    I'd be very grateful if someone could spare me a few minutes and give me a brief explanation of the above.

    I understand Меня in sentences such as : Меня зовут

    But i'm less sure (haven't got a bloody clue) in sentences like : у меня / у него / у вас

    I can work out why words like него/неё are used but not the 'у'.
    Constructions with "у" usually can be translated as "have" or "have got":

    У меня есть мнение o.. I have an opinion about.."есть" can be skipped in some cases though:

    У кого-нибудь есть желание поработать сегодня сверхурочно? -- У меня нет.
    Have somebody a desire to do some extra work today? -- I have not.

    I'd also like to know if the following is correct:
    у нас - talking to a single person.
    у вас - talking to more than one person.
    у нас - talking [s:1bohudoj]to[/s:1bohudoj] about a [s:1bohudoj]single[/s:1bohudoj] first person, plural. We have..

    у вас - talking to more than one person. This is correct. You have.. It can be singular also if it's formal/respecting adressing, but it should be "у Вас" then.
    Please, correct my mistakes, except for the cases I misspell something on purpose!

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    Re: Меня - у меня etc

    Also:
    у нас - at ours (at our place)
    у вас - at yours (at your place)
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Меня - у меня etc

    It's just a matter of memorizing correct pronouns:

    Я -> У меня - I have
    Мы -> У нас - We have

    Ты (singular) -> У тебя - You have
    Вы (plural or formal/polite singular) -> У вас/У Вас - You have

    Он -> У него - He has
    Она -> У неё - She has
    Они -> У них - They have

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    Re: Меня - у меня etc

    That's brilliant,

    Thank you very much for the speedy replies,this will be a big help to me.I'll get these examples written down and spend a bit more time on my grammar.

    Your time replying is always most appreciated.

    M
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