Lesson 016

"There is" and "there are", "here" and "there" in Russian

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If you were following our course from the beginning, at this moment you probably can’t wait to start composing your first Russian sentences. In today’s lesson we’ll start doing exactly that: we will learn how to say there is and there are in Russian.

There is, here is, there is no

To express the idea of something being somewhere you can use a few of ways in Russian:

1. When pointing to something close or around you, use the word вот [vot] which means “here (is)”, “here (are)”. For example:

Вот мой дом.
[vot moî dom]
Here is my house.

Вот твои́ ве́щи.
[vot tva-eé vyé-schee]
Here are your things.

2. When pointing to something remote, use the word вон or вон там:

Вон твоя́ маши́на.
[von tva-yá ma-shée-na]
There is your car. / You car is there. (when looking for the car)

Вот там апте́ка, а вон там метро.
[vot tam ap-tyé-ka, a von tam met-ró]
The pharmacy is over here and metro is over there.

Апте́ка вон там.
[ap-tyé-ka von tam]
The pharmacy is over there.

2. When talking about existence of something somewhere (there is/are), use the verb “to be” in the Present tenseесть.

Здесь есть стол.
[sdes’ yest’ stol]
There is a table here.

Там есть деревья.
[tam yest’ dee-ryév’-ya]
There are trees there.

In the negative statement (there is no) есть is replaced by нет.

Здесь нет стола́.
[sdes’ nyet sta-lá]
There is no table here.

Там нет дере́вьев.
[tam nyet dee-ryév’-yef]
There are no trees there.

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Notice that the subject after нет changes its form. It’s because in the negative sentences Russians use the Genitive case of the nouns. But don’t think about it too much now, we’ll cover this topic some later.

Here and there in Russian

Remember the following words:

здесь [zdyes’]here
тут [tut]here / right here
там [tam]there

When you want to say that something is here or there, use the following formulas:

Твоя́ су́мка тут.
[tva-yá súm-ka tut]
Your bag is here.

Его́ маши́на там.
[ye-vó ma-shée-na tam]
His car is there.

Такси́ уже́ здесь.
[tak-sée u-zhé zdyes’]
The taxi is already here.

Practice the examples of this lesson with the audio recording (at the bottom of the screen under the blue button).

4 comments on “016 – “There is” and “there are”, “here” and “there” in Russian”

  1. blackcat says:

    thank you very much for these all russian lessons. I really love these all.. 🙂

    but i want to ask, for this lesson i can’t download this audio, it will go to error 404.

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Sorry, the error is fixed now.
      Thanks for your comment.

      1. blackcat says:

        Thank you very much 🙂

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