2

Lets look at these 2 sentences:

  1. у нас есть / We have.

  2. что вы хотите есть? / What would you like to eat.

(In both of them the word "есть" is used differently).

I'm confused as for the use of "есть" in both "ordering scenarios" where on one hand it refers to "having" (which I don't get since "у нас" should include having on its own same way that "у меня" on its own does without having to include this "есть" addition) and on the other hand it means to eat. Also Also how would the phrase in Russian "what do you HAVE to EAT" be written and if it includes "есть" 2 times? I am guessing it would be something like: "что есть у вас есть"? or "что у вас есть по есть"?

Maybe these last 2 sound grammatically horrific but I'm a newbie here, thanks a lot !

  • 3
    "Что у вас есть поесть?" ("поесть", no space) is quite a smooth-sounding phrase in Russian. – Alexander Sep 25 '18 at 2:27
  • what does this picture have to do with the question? why not Hugo Chavez or Fidel? is this an attempt to win favor with Russian users? – Баян Купи-ка Sep 25 '18 at 6:47
  • 1
    Please do not put the picture of Putin in the question again! – Abakan Sep 27 '18 at 9:08
  • 2
    I marked all your questions for moderators. – Abakan Sep 28 '18 at 5:54
  • 3
    @nicolasns96 this is a free forum platform for self expression - No, SE is not a forum or a blog-like platform or anything like this. Thus you're not free to write anything you want in you Q. SE Q/A items are never meant for a selfexpression or a conversation of any kind. Just start with stackexchange.com/tour to find more. – seven-phases-max Sep 28 '18 at 11:53
10

These two "есть" are homonyms. Есть like "to eat " and есть like "to own, possess,have". For choosing just consider the context.

In case of possession we can use the verb or leave it out. And in most cases we don't use the verb. But sometimes we use it for emphasis or you can't do without it (in questions mostly).

У нас (есть) большие возможности.У него много друзей. У вас есть конверты?– Да, есть. Есть ли какие‐нибудь новости о нем?

As for есть --to eat, we often say that sentence.

У нас есть что‐нибудь поесть?

Besides there's есть meaning "exists"

Есть многое на свете, друг Горацио,что и не снилось нашим мудрецам.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.