Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Complex sentence

  1. #1
    Старший оракул
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    c:\earth\usa\minnesota
    Posts
    819
    Rep Power
    10

    Complex sentence

    If i wanted to say:

    I am thinking about giving him a cake.

    Is this how it would be?

    я думаю о том, что я дал ему торт.

    I just get those tricky little constructions sometimes...

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Moderator Lampada's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    СССР -> США
    Posts
    17,636
    Rep Power
    31

    Re: Complex sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    ...I am thinking about giving him a cake.
    ...
    Я думаю дать ему торт.
    Я раздумываю дать ли ему торт.
    "...Важно, чтобы форум оставался местом, объединяющим людей, для которых интересны русский язык и культура. ..." - MasterАdmin (из переписки)



  3. #3
    Подающий надежды оратор
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    30
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: Complex sentence

    Я думаю о том("о том" можно не говорить) , дать ли ему торт

  4. #4
    Старший оракул
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    c:\earth\usa\minnesota
    Posts
    819
    Rep Power
    10
    Thanks! That seems like how you would say "I am thinking about whether or not to give him a cake." What would it be if I were thinking about the general process of giving him a cake?

    Thanks

  5. #5
    Подающий надежды оратор
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    30
    Rep Power
    11
    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    Thanks! That seems like how you would say "I am thinking about whether or not to give him a cake." What would it be if I were thinking about the general process of giving him a cake?

    Thanks
    Gramatically correct would be :

    я думаю о выдаче ему торта.

    however выдачаsounds very serious and official with the word "cake". Those sentenses sounds good:

    Террористы думают о выдаче заложника.
    Правительтсво думает о выдаче оружия населению.

  6. #6
    Властелин
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Moscow, Russia
    Posts
    1,437
    Rep Power
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    What would it be if I were thinking about the general process of giving him a cake?
    Variants:
    Я думаю о том, как дать ему торт.
    Я думаю о том, как я дам ему торт.
    Я думаю о том, как буду давать ему торт. (here you emphasize that the process is continious)
    Я думаю о том, как бы дать ему торт. (this one implies that you want to find a convenient way of giving him a pie because there are some obstacles, like there's a chance he won't accept it, etc)
    "Happy new year, happy new year
    May we all have a vision now and then
    Of a world where every neighbour is a friend"

Similar Threads

  1. Need help with this sentence...
    By Sokolov in forum Grammar and Vocabulary
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: December 17th, 2008, 09:31 PM
  2. sentence
    By basurero in forum Translate This!
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: December 14th, 2008, 04:01 AM
  3. a sentence
    By Chuvak in forum Learn English - Грамматика, переводы, словарный запас
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: August 26th, 2006, 12:13 AM
  4. Complex Verbal Forms
    By saibot in forum Grammar and Vocabulary
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: July 1st, 2005, 05:05 AM
  5. What does this sentence mean ?
    By Johnroman in forum Grammar and Vocabulary
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: June 7th, 2005, 07:00 AM

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