026 – Forming questions in Russian

In last lesson we learned to compose negative sentences. Today we’ll learn to form the questions.

Forming a question from a statement in Russian language is very easy, you don’t even need to change anything in the sentence structure:

– in writing, Russians just add a question mark in the end of the sentence;
– while speaking they change the intonation so that everyone understand that it wasn’t a statement, it was a question.

Listen to the audio and practice.

Э́то пи́во? Нет, э́то сок.
[éta peeva? nyet, éta sok]
Is this beer? No, this is juice.

Э́то твоя́ кни́га? Нет, э́то не моя́ кни́га, э́то его́ кни́га.
[éta tvayá kneéga? nyet, éta nye mayá kneéga, éta eevó kneéga]
Is this your book? No, this is not my book, this is his book.

Хо́чешь* есть? Да, я хочу́ есть.
[hóchesh yest’? da, ya hachú yest’]
Do you want to eat? Yes, I want to eat.

Ты говори́шь по-ру́сски? Да, я говорю́ по-ру́сски.
[tui gavarísh pa rúskee? da, ya gavaryú pa rúskee]
Do you speak Russian? Yes, I speak Russian.

Хоти́те* ко́фе? Да, спаси́бо, с удово́льствием.
[hatéetee kanfyét? da, spaséeba, s udavól’stveeyem]
Do you want some coffee? Yes, thank you, with pleasure.

Notice that in many sentences the personal pronouns are omitted since the form of the verb already tells us who is the subject of the sentence.

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