A: "What happened?" B: "You tell me!"

Вы скажй?

  • Can you explain how do use it in English? If my guess is right, you would just ask it back: Что случилось? - Да, что случилось?
    – J-mster
    Apr 15, 2017 at 16:41
  • "A" did something wrong and she knows it, "B" is angry Apr 15, 2017 at 16:50
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    Это у тебя надо спросить!
    – jwalker
    Apr 15, 2017 at 19:32

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In Russian if we are angry we can just reply:

–Что случилось?

–Он/она еще спрашивает! Это ты скажи.

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    rather just implying that asker is knowing what actually happened. Similar would be Это у тебя надо спросить!
    – Swift
    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:58

In Russian, there is an expression "а это ты мне скажи"/"а это вы мне скажите".


No literal translation possible, because there are different answers depending on context. E.g. if that answering person expresses equal confusion, it must be a an unrelated phrase in Russian with similar meaning, like "Сам не знаю", "А что ты у меня спрашиваешь?", "А черт его знает" etc.

If answer implies that talking person believes that asking person knows more than them, possible answers would be closer to English original:

  • Ты еще спрашиваешь! (you are asking?)
  • Ты еще и спрашиваешь! (empasized form) (And you are asking?)
  • Это ты мне скажи, что случилось. (You tell me what did happen?)
  • Это у тебя надо спросить! (You're one who must be questioned)

To situation described in comment, first variant is closest, if B also knows that A related to event in question. Last two, if B just suspects it and confronts A


I'd say "Я у тебя хотел(а) спросить". It's quite popular answer.


I'd translate it as:

Сами скажите!


Сам скажи!

"Вы/Ты" instead of "Сами" is acceptable too.

  • Никогда не видел чтоб кто-то так говорил, это как-то не по-русски звучит
    – Swift
    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:08

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