Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: была или были?

  1. #1
    Старший оракул tohca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    зарубежный
    Posts
    769
    Rep Power
    13

    была или были?

    У кого была большая банка икры?
    или
    У кого были большая банка икры?
    Find out all about Malaysia here!

  2. #2
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    355
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: была или были?

    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    У кого была большая банка икры?
    или
    У кого были большая банка икры?
    The first is right.

  3. #3
    Старший оракул tohca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    зарубежный
    Posts
    769
    Rep Power
    13

    Re: была или были?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cocos
    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    У кого была большая банка икры?
    или
    У кого были большая банка икры?
    The first is right.
    Thanks, and may I ask, if the second sentence is also technically correct? I am not clear on the rule that the verb (был) is supposed to agree with the noun икры (which is plural). Sorry for asking what must be a silly question.
    Find out all about Malaysia here!

  4. #4
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    355
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: была или были?

    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    Thanks, and may I ask, if the second sentence is also technically correct? I am not clear on the rule that the verb (был) is supposed to agree with the noun икры (which is plural). Sorry for asking what must be a silly question.
    The second tense is wrong. "Икры" (икра=caviar) is not plural and can't be plural. This word stands in the Genitive case to the "банка" word.

  5. #5
    Старший оракул tohca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    зарубежный
    Posts
    769
    Rep Power
    13

    Re: была или были?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cocos
    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    Thanks, and may I ask, if the second sentence is also technically correct? I am not clear on the rule that the verb (был) is supposed to agree with the noun икры (which is plural). Sorry for asking what must be a silly question.
    The second tense is wrong. "Икры" (икра=caviar) is not plural and can't be plural. This word stands in the Genitive case to the "банка" word.
    Спасибо.
    Find out all about Malaysia here!

  6. #6
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    355
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: была или были?

    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    Спасибо.
    На здоровье. Приятно видеть человека, увлечённого изучением такого сложного языка как русский.

  7. #7
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    My Time & Space
    Posts
    6,555
    Rep Power
    18
    FYI: у кого были большие икры? = Who has big calves?
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

  8. #8
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    355
    Rep Power
    11
    Quote Originally Posted by Rtyom
    FYI: у кого были были большие икры? = Who has big calves?
    Yep.

  9. #9
    Увлечённый спикер mudrets's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    США - моя родина.
    Posts
    50
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: была или были?

    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    У кого была большая банка икры?
    или
    У кого были большая банка икры?
    I think that было, meaning there was, is used more often in this kind of sentence.

  10. #10
    Увлечённый спикер
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Russia
    Posts
    51
    Rep Power
    10

    Re: была или были?

    Quote Originally Posted by mudrets
    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    У кого была большая банка икры?
    или
    У кого были большая банка икры?
    I think that было, meaning there was, is used more often in this kind of sentence.
    Could you clarify what you mean? I'm afraid, you got it wrong.
    "The only thing necessary for the success of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

  11. #11
    Увлечённый спикер mudrets's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    США - моя родина.
    Posts
    50
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: была или были?

    Quote Originally Posted by ambi
    Quote Originally Posted by mudrets
    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    У кого была большая банка икры?
    или
    У кого были большая банка икры?
    I think that было, meaning there was, is used more often in this kind of sentence.
    Could you clarify what you mean? I'm afraid, you got it wrong.
    Yes, I got it wrong. I was thinking of the negative usage:У него не было банки

    Using Google, though, I have found было being used occasionally in the affirmative with masculine and feminine words. Those instances might be typos.

Similar Threads

  1. был или была?
    By tohca in forum Grammar and Vocabulary
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: June 29th, 2009, 06:29 AM
  2. такие случаи уже были?
    By alexone in forum Learn English - Грамматика, переводы, словарный запас
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: September 21st, 2008, 09:13 PM
  3. был или была?
    By tohca in forum Grammar and Vocabulary
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: January 30th, 2008, 05:17 PM
  4. Извините меня за долгое молчание, у нас были долгие выходные
    By Wowik in forum Learn English - Грамматика, переводы, словарный запас
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: January 17th, 2008, 09:50 PM
  5. Погибли/были уничтожены
    By Moryachka in forum Говорим по-русски
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: March 18th, 2005, 09:02 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