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    Grammar question

    Hello, I've just started learning Russian lately and have been using that Rosetta Stone thing (a guy i know had a copy so he let me use his) and i got the Russian language software for it. But I've come across a phrase i guess you could call it that is confusing me. Its will be something like
    у него вода. он пъёт.
    How would that be in English? The main part that confuses me is у and just how it is put together (still thinking English grammar i guess). So if someone could explain to me how that sentence is structured that would really help. Thanks

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    Re: Grammar question

    у него вода. он пьёт.
    How would that be in English?
    He has water. He is drinking.

    So if someone could explain to me how that sentence is structured that would really help.
    Well, I'm not so keen on grammar waffle, but I think the sentence у него вода is an elliptical form of у него ЕСТЬ вода, where есть is left out.
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    Re: Grammar question

    у него вода.
    This is a common way to express possession in Russian. It is something like "water (is) of him" where "is" is skipped.

    Looks like you need a regular textbook in addition.
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    Re: Grammar question

    In English it's rather "with him" in the sense of possession. "Of him" sounds like origin.
    Спасибо за исправления!

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    Re: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by apocalypsefu
    The main part that confuses me is у and just how it is put together
    strictly speaking you can think of у as meaning "by" as in near, so the sentence can be read literally as "by him is water" or simply "he has water."
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