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Can you use the word “муть” in a conversation, or is it a profane word?

I took it from a popular song: Для меня ты ангел божий / Без тебя такая муть but it seems (from the reaction I got) that this particular word is considered to be slang / a swear word not to be ...
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Two different pronunciation of “понял”

I just searched for phonetic of понял and found these: по́нял [пон’ил] поня́л [пан’ал] Please let me know that both are correct? and have same meaning as Got it!?
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Суффиксы -и(с)т и -а(с)т

Почему в одних случаях "-с-" присутствует, а в других нет? Шипастый, лучистый? Но: Рогатый, деловитый? Теоретически: Шипатый (как сохатый, родовитый), лучитый Рогастый (как зубастый), деловистый (...
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Why is the imperfective used in Questions with—Что, Где, Когда, etc

I've noticed that imperfective can be used in questions where one might expect Perfective. Мы должны провести подобный эксперимент. —We should carry out a similar experiment. А когда его проводить?...
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Confusion between “что” and “тот” and “который”

Should you say я потеряю то, что любил or я потеряю что, то любил or я потеряю то, которое я любил ? Should you say Я знаю что, о том не знает никто or я знаю то, о чём не знает ...
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What does “куда мне звонить” mean?

I came across the phrase «куда мне звонить» and was unsure of the meaning. Does it mean "who is phoning me" or "who am I phoning"? If the latter shouldn't it be «куда я звоню»? What is the subject of ...
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Verbs of motion with prefix “у-” and “при-”

I am currently learning how to use verbs of motion with the prefixes у- and при- to express that someone departs from or arrives at a certain location. However, I struggle with the following sentence ...
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Why does ы have a soft sign in it?

It's the only letter with two disconnected parts. How did this letter ы come about?
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When is человек used as the word man instead of мужчина

I am coming across sentences where человек is used instead of мужчина, when does this happen and why? Example: That man is not a professor he is a doctor Этот человек не профессор доктор ...
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Она художник и её друзья спят

Если у нас есть предложение с двумя полными наборами однородных членов: "Она рисует" и "её друзья спят" То запятая ставится: Она рисует, и её друзья спят А что если один из наборов неполный, ...
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difference between “расскажите мне” and “скажите мне”

What is the difference between "расскажите мне" and "скажите мне"? Both mean, tell me!? And also may I remove мне in both cases?
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римановое многообразие or риманово многообразие?

In mathematics the technical term Riemann manifold (or Riemannian manifold) denotes a type of space investigated by the nineteenth century German mathematician Bernhard Riemann. The corresponding ...
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Explain чем in this sentence

I came across this sentence: Я мало чем могу помочь, но могу поделиться с тобой старым хаком статуса профиля. I'm confused with мало чем. How is it used?
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Should the verb after “Чтобы” be infinitive or in the past tense?

When do I use an infinitive after Чтобы and when do I use the verb in the past? This is confusing me when Чтобы is used to express the purpose of one action by another. I mean sentences like these: ...
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Adjective gender for terms of endearment

When addressing someone with a term of endearment, should the gender of "my" match the word or the person? For example, when addressing a male as "my star", would you say Звездочка моя or Звездочка ...
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What is the difference between “зато” and “но”?

i don't understand the difference between them, feel free to add examples i was given this sentence for зато and dint see why но couldn't be substituted for it. i don't like the metro and the airport ...
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The verb “to prioritize”

What is a natural way to say the following? It's better to give priority to this task. I need to set priorities. I need to get my priorities straight. I'm finding expressions like: (приоритизировать,...
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How to express sadness?

What is the right way to express sadness in Russian? I often hear the expression мне грустно, which is formed with an adverb if I'm not mistaken. Recently I also heard about the verb грустить and its ...
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может быть a могу

I hear both as "I can", but when is it appropriate to use either or? I am aware the former means "maybe".
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When can we omit есть?

In the village (there is) only one new house В деревне только один новый дом Here (there is) only one place Здесь только одно место In the apartment (there is) a big room В квартире большая комната ...
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свекровь or тёща

The dictionary gives both as mother-in-law. Any difference? Someone said one is for wife the other for husband but I could not confirm this. Any clarification welcome. Thanks
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По-русски, пожалуйста!

In English, you can say "In English, please!" to mean that you'd like a simpler explanation (when someone IS speaking English but using technical terms that a regular person wouldn't understand). ...
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Почему слова “позадуматься” не найдется в словарях?

Есть альбом певицы Аллы Орловой, под названием "позадумайся". Сам себе думал, что наверняка это глагол, и инфинитив должен быть "позадуматься". Но слова "позадуматься" ни в каком словаре не нашел. ...
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познакомиться as the answer of очень приятно

Is it so informal to answer "очень приятно" with "познакомиться" ?
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How to type “@” symbol in Russian keyboard layout? [closed]

Does a Russian keyboard layout support the "@" symbol? I had to switch to an English keyboard to type "@".
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What does Город, написанный по памяти mean as a title of the book?

There is this book called: город, написанный по памяти If I keep the comma Google translates it as : memory city. If I delete the comma it translates it as : city written from memory. Google ...
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The origin of ни пуха ни пера - к чёрту

Why do we say ни пуха ни пера wishing someone good luck? The traditional response is also interesting. People are expected to say к чёрту. What is the origin of the idiom?
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How do you say: “Заткнись” for a group of people instead of just one person in Russian?

In Russian, I know there is a word similar to "Заткнись" but it is used for a group of people instead of just one person. What is it?
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Russian cases: A few examples, I'm really confused

I'm doing the Pimsleur Russian audio course and I've come across some sentences that I'm not sure about. Example 1: I have money = у меня́ есть де́ньги. So far, so good. "At my place, there is ...
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“only real words” in Russian - Только настоящие слова?

When you define someone, for example say to a girl that you have a beautiful smile(У тебя красивая улыбка) and she says: oh thanks you can answer her: "only real words!" So is it correct sentence in ...
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What does “так и есть” and “ну что ж” mean?

What does "так и есть" and "ну что ж" mean, are these idioms? How are they used in sentences?
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What's the difference between “неважно” and “ничего”

What's the difference between "неважно" and "ничего"? As I understand both mean "never mind", but what about usage? for example when I ask somebody but he/she can't understand me, can I use both of ...
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Good for you! in Russian

Somebody say: I took the full test score And I answer: Good for you! which one is correct in Russian: "хорошо для тебя" or "повезло тебе" And also we use "тебе на пользу" in another situation like: ...
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How can I ask someone to take a photograph of me?

Something like 'Could you please take a photo of me? . I searched everywhere and can't seem to find something similar.
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Can переспать be used to mean “oversleep”?

If someone comes late to work and gives the excuse "Я переспал", will people understand this to mean that he overslept, or would it have a different connotation?
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Usage of “же”, why?

Why we should use "же" in this sentence: где же ручка? Without "же" this sentence is also complete! And also I saw in another sentences, too. And "же" means same or again?
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How to interpret and parse the expression “молодежь не та пошла”?

Недаром все чаще и чаще слышится выражение: «молодежь не та пошла! » - извечный конфликт поколений. Разумеется, саму молодежь вполне устраивает то, какая она. I'm wondering what this expression means....
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Difference between водить машину and ездить на машине?

My dictionary says that "ездить" is the indeterminate of "ехать" which is to ride. The dictionary then says that "водить" is to operate. Can someone explain the difference to me and give some examples ...
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What's the 'present simple' form of the word “нашла́” in 3rd person singular female?

What's the 'present simple' form of the word "нашла́" in 3rd person singular female? For example: She finds a new toy every week. I look for this word in a table of this verb and it's not ...
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Meaning of недоперепить

Искал этот глагол в нескольких словарях, но не тут-то было. в этот раз недоперепил, так что нормально.
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Difference between зазнакомиться and познакомиться

¿Какая разница между познакомиться и зазнакомиться: "Давным-давно, когда мои зубы еще держались за челюсть корнями, а не штифтами, зазнакомились мы с приятелем с двумя девчонками". Еще вроде бы ...
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Is there stress on two letters on the word стоят

i cannot figure out the pronunciation of this word стоят is it stOyat, Stoyit, stoYat, i am very confused i checked this website that annotates words but it shows two different one http://russiangram....
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In Russian, is [i] a possible substitute for [ɯ] after a velarized consonant?

I've read [i] doesn't really occur in the context I've described but I still want to know whether the meaning is changed.
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meaning and usage of “что ты”

What is the meaning of "что ты" when person uses it during conversation like this: Это твой папа? Нет! что ты! Это мой дядя. It means, what are you saying? or you are saying wrong thing! And another ...
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difference between “как это устроено” and “как это работает”

What is the difference between "как это устроено" and "как это работает"? Both mean "how it works"?
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What is ништяк?

Ништяк is a Russian slang term meaning cool, it's very good. According to this article, it can also mean: tasty (mostly sweet) food; cookie food that has been thrown away but is going to be eaten ...
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How formal is “Я в вашем распоряжении”?

Is it formal and common in Russian? "я в вашем распоряжении" And exactly means: " I'm at your disposal " ? Is there any other friendly sentence for informal situations?(common in daily conversation)
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“Сколько времени?” vs “который час?”

What is the difference between these: "Сколько врЕмени?" and "который час?" Both mean what time is it, yes? Which one is informal and which one formal? and in which situation can be used?
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What is the meaning of 'ать [его] копалку'?

I am currently in the midst of translating a passage of Victor Astafiev's Где-то гремит война and I have come across a phrase several times that I cannot get my head around. 1. Но нет у меня ...
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No problem: без проблем; нет проблем; не проблема, which one to use when?

what is the difference between the 3, examples welcome

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