Subject of a phrase.

Discussion in 'Русский (Russian)' started by radomir, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. radomir New Member

    I'm translating an article about a brave man que saved the life of two children. It is said:
    В этот момент самого́ спасителя чуть не затонуло стремительным течением под лед чуть не затонуло стремительным течением под лед. That means literally: "In this moment the same saviour almost was drown under the ice by the strong flow of water". But the subject must be in nominative; and if the meaning is "the strong flow of water almost put the saviour under the ice, then "the strong flow" should be in nominative and not in instrumental. What do you think of it? Thanks
  2. Garbuz Senior Member

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  3. Maroseika Moderator

    There is no subject in this sentence, it is impersonal (безличное предложение), that is why the verb затянуло is in neuter gender. This is the same construction like:
    На улице было холодно.
    Его убило снарядом.
  4. Garbuz Senior Member

    В русском языке есть конструкции, напоминающие языки эргативного строя.
    Пр. Сторожа убило молнией. (А не ... убила молния)
  5. radomir New Member

    Thank you for your help.

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