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According to Google Translate, the translation of "Did you have a fun night?" is: Ты должен весело ночь? But I suspect должен is being used in the wrong context of "to have" here.

According to Yandex Translate, the translation is: повеселилась ночью? But I could not find any information on повеселилась on wiktionary, so I'm suspicious about the quality of this translation.

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    "Весело провёл(he)/провела(she) ночь?" "Повеселился(he)/повеселилась(she) ночью?"
    – Eugene
    Dec 5 '15 at 14:49
  • @Eugene The nominative form of провёл/провела is провести. What is the nominative form of повеселился/повеселилась? I'm having difficulty finding it.
    – ycele
    Dec 5 '15 at 15:02
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    @ycele - It's called "the infinitive", not the "nominative form". The infinitive of "повеселился/повеселилась" is "повеселиться".
    – Yellow Sky
    Dec 5 '15 at 15:31
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    "Ты должен весело ночь" is totally ungrammatical set of words.
    – Anixx
    Dec 5 '15 at 18:54
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    We use also word "провел" when speaking about spending time. Examples: "Провёл время", "Провёл день", "Провёл ночь" or "Провёл <any time period>". It is not about leading, it is about using your time. Dec 7 '15 at 2:58
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I would ask this as "Как провели вечер?" - sounds natural.

  • Not ночь, but вечер.
  • It is assumed that it was fun because why else would you be there?
  • English phrases favor lots of short words, no reason to translate them all into Russian sentence.
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Generally, translation is rebuilding the original sense from scratch by means of another language: very often you can't just combine translated words without getting something unnatural.

In a context where the other person is known to have attended some party, the asking person might wonder if they had a good time: was that night a fun night? Then the original sentence can be translated like this: Вы хорошо провели (э)тот вечер?

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Yandex translation is a better one. Although it is appropriate for a singular female.

Google translation is rather clumsy: it chooses the meaning of obligation (должен) as a translation of the verb 'to have' in this particular case.

"Весело провёл ночь"?: literal translation is "Did you conduct (spend) a fun night?". So, it is quite idiomatic in this case.

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Google Translate version is awful. At the same time Yandex version is appropriate for a singular female. I myself would say: "У тебя была веселая ночь?"

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