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Why is “had no choice” translated as «не было выбора» and not «не был выбора»?

Было is neuter gender. But выбор is masculine gender (выбора is genitive case of выбор?). Is there a grammatical reason or even historical reason I missed out? Additional background: I’m a beginner ...

asked by Vincent Tan 10 votes
answered by Quassnoi 16 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why do Russians almost not use verbs of possession akin to "have"?

I have always been puzzled as to why the Russians almost never use verbs of possession akin to "have" or "own." Instead of such verbs, the Russians use the preposition у, whose ...

usage глаголы выражения предлоги  
asked by Mitsuko 43 votes
answered by Nikolay Ershov 32 votes

Why is Max Verstappen's last name transliterated with a Ф ('F') instead of a В ('V')?

Russian news articles about Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen, for example this recent one, always seem to transliterate his last name as Ферстаппен instead of (what I would expect) Верстаппен. What is ...

asked by Glorfindel 10 votes
answered by shabunc 9 votes

What does "короче" mean?

My tandem-partner says короче. I asked her to tell me the meaning, but she refused to teach me 'bad Russian' (I don't know if she was kidding, though). I've seen короче in Lingvo but that source ...

asked by c.p. 12 votes
answered by Shady_arc 22 votes

Is the Ukrainian language understandable for the average Russian native speaker?

The Ukrainian language is very similar to the Russian, but is it understandable for the average Russian native speaker, let's say, in Moscow? Ukrainians understand Russian, but this is mostly because ...

russian-usage slavic  
asked by Danubian Sailor 25 votes
answered by Anvar 16 votes

What is the grammatical meaning of ")"?

thanks in advance for your answers! I have come across ")" in many Russian written conversations, for example: <<Вид из окна на кухне)>> or <<Посмотри лучше это)>> I have even seen "))" ...

asked by Christina Leuci 6 votes
answered by Dmitry 11 votes

The history and meaning of "ни фига себе"

I understand how the expression is used pretty well, but wonder where did it come from? What exactly does фиг mean?

лексикон этимология выражения мат значения  
asked by JAM 22 votes
answered by Quassnoi 23 votes

Слово "дно" во множественном числе

Как выглядит слово "дно" во множественном числе? Одно дно Два дна Три дна Четыре дна Пять ??? Я знаю правильный ответ, но не знаю почему так. Хотелось бы услышать аргументированный ответ, ...

грамматика множественное-число  
asked by k06a 27 votes
answered by kotekzot 26 votes
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