Russian grammar question no.2 (притяжательное местоимение их)
Thread poster: theDsaint
theDsaint
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Aug 18, 2005

Please reply to me in English as I am a Russian beginner.

I believe my Russian grammar book is wrong. I have some problems with the past and future forms of such a phrase:
чья это одежда? их (это их is wrong, isn't it?)

I wonder whether I have to use это or not in the past and future forms.

Past:
"чья была это одежда? это была их" or "чья это была одежда? это была их" or "чья была одежда? была их"?

Future:
"чья будет это одежда? это будет их" or "чья это будет одежда? это будет их" or "чья будет одежда? будет их"?

Thanks!


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Yuri Smirnov  Identity Verified
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Just их Aug 18, 2005

Чья это была одежда? - Их.
Чья это будет одежда? - Их.


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danya
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viz Aug 19, 2005

их can stand for both their and theirs. i.e., Whose shirts are these?- Theirs. These are their shirts. In both the sentences in Russian we will use их.
moreover, их also coincides with forms of personal pronoun они - Я не вижу их (I don't see them), an Accusative here


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Nikolai Muraviev  Identity Verified
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See below... Aug 19, 2005

Yuri Smirnov wrote:

Чья это была одежда? - Их.
Чья это будет одежда? - Их.


^^^^
Short and most correct form.

If you answer in "detailed" form, you should say:

"Чья это была одежда? - Это была их одежда"
"Чья это будет одежда? - Это будет их одежда"

HTH


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