У меня есть VS Я имею ?

Why do we use this case here? And this verb? What rule should I use here?
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У меня есть VS Я имею ?

Postby andriyana » Dec 26th, 13, 14:25

Hello,i have question *again :D :lol:
i am still confused,what's the different "У меня есть" and "Я имею" ?
perhaps they have another meaning?

thank you

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Re: У меня есть VS Я имею ?

Postby Ljovanja » Dec 26th, 13, 16:45

Привет, andriyana)
These two phrases have the same meanings - "I have". The difference is that we rarely use the phrase "Я имею", almost never. Besides, this phrase can have obscene value, but it depends on context. The phrase "У меня есть" is more common, so use it.

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Re: У меня есть VS Я имею ?

Postby ColdSteel » Jan 27th, 14, 17:09

Hello, andriyana

There are two types of languages: "to have" languages and "to be" languages. And there are articles about these types. So, the English lang is "to have", and the Russian is "to be".

There is a literal equivalent for the verb "to have" - "иметь". And we use this verb mainly in the set expressions, such as "имеет место" - "<something> has a place" in the meaning "there is|are <something>". Or another example "иметь мнение" - "to have an opinion". Proverb "Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей" - "Do not have a hundred rubles, have a hundred friends" (A friend in court is better than a penny in purse). In this case we have the verb "иметь" in its imperative informal form "имей".

In other cases "у <кого-то> <быть> " is a more natural way to say "<something> has".

For example,

У меня есть брат. - I have a brother. (the present tense)
У него была игрушка. He had a toy. (the past tense)
У неё будет квартира. She will have an apartment (the future tense)

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Re: У меня есть VS Я имею ?

Postby Rafik » Jul 18th, 14, 10:02

There is no difference betwen "У меня есть" and "Я имею". But "Я имею" is used very seldom.

У меня есть дом = Я имею дом = I have a house

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