Online translators seem to only take the gender of the first noun but what if you wanted to mean in the example one apple and one banana, but both are green - could you then pluralize green?

green apple and bananaзеленое яблоко и банан

green banana and appleзеленый банан и яблоко

  • There are no online translators to Russian that produce even grammatically formally correct text. They mostly produce total garbage (unlike translators to English).
    – Anixx
    Jun 11, 2014 at 13:12

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  1. Computer parsing of texts in natural languages is really hard and tricky, do NOT rely on any computer translator ever: even if dictionary used is good, idioms are pretty like to be unrecognised and master-slave relations between words in sentence (what correct grammar term for it?) will be often parsed wrong. There is no way about it currently from technical point of view.

  2. Theoretically, "Зеленое яблоко и банан" should be translated as "green apple and (possibly non-green) banana". If you wish to mark both as green, you should say "зеленые яблоко и банан". However, it is impossible disambiguate "зеленые яблоки и бананы".

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    I think that you mean dependency or syntactic relations between the words.
    – Olga
    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:53

Yes, you can pluralize green in this case and say

Зеленые яблоко и банан

This is perfectly fine from both grammatical and phonetic points of view. This is also true when using possessive pronouns:

Мои кошка и собака
My cat and dog

  • Since Russian, as far as I know, has no term "grandparent", would "my grandparents" be мои бабушка и дедушка?
    – KCd
    Aug 24, 2012 at 15:49
  • @KCd it technically has "прародители", yet it seem that meaning of this word has mutated to 'my distant grand...grandparents', so better to say 'бабушка и дедушка'
    – permeakra
    Aug 24, 2012 at 19:31
  • @KCd You're absolutely correct. The right way of saying would be мои бабушка и дедушка.
    – Aleks G
    Aug 28, 2012 at 7:59

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