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trying to translate the poem

poem, Bella Akhmadulina Она цеплялась за любовь, Как за последнюю надежду, Что омолаживает кровь И носит светлые одежды. Она цеплялась за любовь, Она счастливой быть хотела, Пусть не хозяйкой, пусть ...
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Difference between "Я бы хотел..." and "Прошу вас"

What construction would you use when writting a letter to a bank or your boss, asking for something Я бы хотел попросить вас сделать что-то... Прошу вас сделать что-то... Я бы хотел, чтобы вы ... In ...
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Rendering emphatic "that" in Russian

Below are two uses of that in the sense of настолько. In the first example, it just means not very, but in the second one, it means (emphatically) to the extent you’re implying(!). How is this ...
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Is "оформить товар двумя частями" correct?

You're ordering a product and the seller offers you a installment plan. You want to pay it off in two installments. Прошу вас оформить это товар двумя частями Прошу вас выпустит это товар в два ...
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Equivalent of "a dime a dozen" in Russian

I was looking up "a dime a dozen" in Russian and the closest equivalent I found was "обычная шпана" on Reverso, but I'm pretty sure this was just a literal translation. The English ...
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How to reply to пожалуйста (you're welcome)

If I'm not mistaken, "пожалуйста" means both "please" and "you're welcome" in Russian. But how do I reply if someone says "You're welcome" to me in Russian? I'...
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Is it "How's your name?"?

Why is it: Как тебя зовут? = How's your name? and not: Что тебя зовут? = What's your name?
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Why is кто not accusative in the question Кто им был нужен? (Who did they need?)

In Russian, нужен/нужно/нужна/нужны take the dative. The person needing something is put in the dative case. So им был нужен is quite clear and means "they needed". Now, the sentence: Кто ...
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What is "ж" by itself? [duplicate]

Google says "ж" is one of 10 single-lettered words in the Russian alphabet. I've tried searching what "ж" means on its own, but most of the results were either written entirely in ...
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Negation: When to use the nominative and when the genitive

I've always thought when expressing negation in Russian, the genitive was always used. As in case of not having something: "У меня нет машины." However, I know I'm wrong. I came across the ...
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Квитанция на оплату налоги или об оплате налоги

If I'm emailing the bank to ask for a receipt for a payment and want to sound formal, what should I use? What would sound most natural? Прошу вас прислать квитанцию на оплату налоги(обучение....)
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Difference between "это" and "этот"

Are these two words interchangeable or is there a difference? My online dictionary says that "это" and "этот" both mean "this". I'm a bit confused.
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Are there natural ways to say "No small feat"?

I'd like to be able to say a phrase like "no small feat", if Russians ever talk that way. In other words, I want to express that something has a level of difficulty which might be ...
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What is the meaning of the Russian proverb "После дождичка в четверг"?

I have heard this saying, После дождичка в четверг, a few times before and I tried looking it up, but all I found was a movie and a pretty confusing translation: After rain on Thursday. What is the ...
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Diminutive Short Form for Russian Male Names

I heard that in Russian, the diminutive short form of girl names often ends in "а" or "ка", but how do the diminutive short forms (I don't mean the endearing form) of male names ...
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Why много раз if много requires genitive plural in the case of countables?

I'm not sure if I understand completely the usage of the genitive case here, or if this is simply a one-time thing based on this individual expression. If, for instance, Много + кошка = Много кошек ...
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Жарко́е: fried or roasted?

According to Ozhegov dictionary, Жарко́е is Жареное кушанье, обычно мясное. As Жареное can mean both fried or roasted, this definition is somewhat ambiguous. The Oxford Russian Dictionary translates ...
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"Нефть, которой избегают" или "которую"?

Сosider this sentence "Нефтеперерабатывающие заводы в этих странах раскупают дешевую российскую нефть, которой избегает большинство западных покупателей." Shouldn't the part "нефть, ...
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How is "дача" related to "дать"?

I recently began working through "Leveraging Your Russian with Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes" by Gary Browning, David K. Hart and Raisa Solovyova. In it, they list дача as being derived ...
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The strange behavior of “обо” (=about), apparently valid only for two expressions? What is the historical reason?

In Russian, the preposition “o” when meaning "about" becomes “обо” when we say “обо мне” (=about me) and “обо всей книге” (=about all the book) but why do we then say: “о многих книгах » (=...
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What are the lyrics to this song translated into english? [closed]

Улыбка - Крошка енот - Moscow Boys' Choir DEBUT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANNQrVKUjws The video says its from the song or poem Smile from "Baby Raccoon".
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Conflicting accusative case declensions

I recently bought Russian For Dummies and it says that the only thing in the accusative case that depends on animacy is for consonant (zero) endings (animate -> add -a, inanimate -> no change). ...
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Aspect and tense for the verb Войти/Bxодить

In a charming old book "Russian Through Pictures" designed by Harvard University we have a picture of a mother and daughter preparing to enter a shop, and the text underneath says Они ...
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Translating constructions of the form "a lot to..." and "little to..."

I was wondering how to translate constructions of the form "a lot to ..." or "little to ..." in Russian. For example "I have little to say", "I have a lot to do"...
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On the etymology of Чубайс

I am curious about the origin of Anatoly Borisovich's family name. Is it derived from Чуб? Or, perhaps, do Чубайс and Чуб have a common origin? Is anything at all known about it?
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Would someone have an Excel list of at least 20’000 most frequent Russian lemmas with part of speech based on a large and modern corpus?

For non-commercial purposes (personal research), I have researched the resources freely available on Internet and have found lists that did not contain lemmas with part of speech or were based upon ...
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In the impersonal expression “Мне везёт” (=I am lucky), what was originally the implicit subject and what would be its literal translation?

I understand that in the expression “Мне везёт”, it is not the transitive verb “везти́” (to carry by transportation - unidirectional) that is used but it is the intransitive verb “везти́”, meaning to ...
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Записаться на курсы, genitiv/accusativ case

I have the following sentence: Я хочу записаться на курсы немецкого языка. english: I would like to register/sign up for the german language course(s). The question of the case is to be answered ...
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How do you pronounce время?

I've been studying Russian for like 3-4 years and I still don't know how to pronounce this word. I see the я and I want to say ya but the more I listen to people speak the more it sounds like vremeh ...
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What is the difference between Посещать and Навещать

What is the difference between Посещать and Навещать? I think that they both mean "to visit".
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What is the difference between возложить and наложить?

Both возлагать/возложить and накладывать/наложить seem to have the meaning of putting something onto others. But I could not find anything that explains the difference between two. So what difference ...
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Expressing irony and sarcasm

How would you translate sarcastic phrases like "oh yeah, that would be GREAT" in reaction to unwanted advances?
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Есть ли у русского языка официальный словарь?

Существует ли у русского языка единый официальный, "авторитетный" (толковый, и не только) словарь? В рунете ясного ответа не нашёл, кроме этой древненькой статейки. Какое состояние дел на ...
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What does что ~ что ... mean?

In the following sentence: Французы различают стадии отношений, а в России как бы считается важным максимально быстро начать пользоваться такими называниями как "жена", "моя жена" ...
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Can someone help explain case declension

In my work book there are a set of rules for Nominative case ect. Now what I’m having trouble with is what the difference is between (first declension, second declension, and third declension.) In the ...
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Does отходить/отойти include the moving by train?

While learning on Memrise course (Top 10,000 words, Part 1), I found that отоходить/отойти shows the meaning of not only leaving by foot, but also leaving by train. The user-based Memrise course often ...
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How to detect automated translations? [closed]

I got a translation from a translator which I found online and feel like they might not know Russian at all and just used some of the services like Google translate. I wonder if there is some way to ...
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Detailed rules when о (=about) becomes об or обо?

I have gathered from various sites/resources, the following rules concerning the preposition “o” which, when its meaning is “about”, is always followed by the prepositional case (предложный падеж): 1. ...
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The perfective verb опереться (to lean on) has the strangest conjugation in the future and imperative, what is the etymological reason for it?

From the impf/pf pair опираться/опереться (=to lean on), опереться seems to be the only verb that exhibits the following strange conjugations, though apparently belonging to the -e- conjugation group: ...
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Should I use singular or plural after некоторый?

In the following sentence: Некоторые мужчины/мужчин плохие. I'm not sure whether the singular or the plural should be used. At least in my dictionary, for the entry сколько, it says that if the noun ...
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What's the most common usage and meaning of the verb исходить, which belongs to two impf/pf verb pairs, each with a different meaning?

According to a table of frequency I found, the verb исходить ranks pretty high (1716 out of 100,000). However, since it has two usages and meanings, I wonder which one is most frequently used: in the ...
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Singular usage of волосы

The word волосы only exists now in plural form. Was the obsolete form волос ever used to refer to anything but a single strand of hair, like in a mass noun (e.g., мокрый волос instead of мокрые волосы)...
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What's the difference between дочь and дочка?

What's the difference between дочь and дочка? They seem synonymous, so how does one choose between one or the other?
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Do Russian use the Cyrillic Thousands Sign (“҂” U+0482)?

In English (at least in North America, don't know about other English area) you see things like 10k as an abbreviation of 10000. I'm wondering if Russian does something similar, particularly ...
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Tenses used in relative clauses

а) Читая книгу, Иван не обращал внимания на то, что происходило вокруг. б) Читая книгу, Иван не обращал внимания на то, что происходит вокруг. Are both sentences correct? Do they have the same meaning?...
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Epenthetic л: why there is no л in the conjugation of the verb звать between the в and the ё in зовёшь, зовёт, зовём and зовёте?

I understand that an epenthetic л should always appear between any of the five labial consonants б, п, м, ф and в and the sound /j/ (except in front of the sound /ja/), so that, for example, in the ...
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"спасая от ветра", what is the meaning of this phrase?

I recently came across this phrase, and it seemed very poetic when I translated it. Unfortunately, I cannot find the origin of it. "Что тебя держит, спасая от ветра, я, к сожалению, понять не ...
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First conjugation verbs and first person singular in -ю or in -y ? What is the phonological or orthographical underlying rule?

It seems that for first conjugation verbs (or -e- conjugation verbs i.e. those with endings in -ю/-у, -ешь, -ет, -ем, -ете, -ют/ут), the -y ending is always used at the first person singular after any ...
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Using ordinal numbers for elapsed time

Иван начал жить в Москве шестого января 2017. Сегодня четвертое апреля 2022. Следовательно а) Иван живет в Москве пятый год. б) Иван живет в Москве шестой год. Which phrase is correct?
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Exact rules governing consonant changes as seen in the first person singular in verb conjugations

Apparently, in verbs ending in -ить (but maybe others are also concerned), the last letter of the stem for the first person singular changes according to the following pattern: д becomes ж as in ...
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