I am using a book that is a little confusing. I have tried the translate machines and got some garbage back so I am asking the Experts.

The word, пункт, what does it refer to? Could a пункт be a bigger department store or the small stores and outlets one find inside and just outside the subway in Moscow?

An example was request. Enclosing two examples:

1) Также есть государственные пункты на некоторых станциях метро.

2) В Москве и в Санкт-Петербурге есть довольно много обменных пунктов.

Спасибо большое

  • Better provide the context. "Пункт" may mean too many things like, say, "point" does. On the matter of "small store / outlet", usually it's "ларёк", "киоск", or just "точка".
    – Matt
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 20:06

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"Пункт" here seems to refer to a [usually small] currency exchange office or branch ("обменный пункт" = "пункт обмена валюты"). You can probably call it "kiosk", but it's probably beefier than, say, a kiosk that sells public transportation tickets.

  • Is it wrong to assume smaller stores? Would a department store apply to punkt? What about the word "точка" would it be ok to use that and not be treated badly? Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 20:45
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    Yes and no, "punkt" comes from German and means a point. The word "пункт" can be used in a phrase "destination point" ("пункт назначения"), which can be an entire city... Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 20:50
  • Would it be wrong to apply the German meaning about "punkt" and expand it with ("пункт назначения") ? Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 20:52
  • Not sure I understand the question, sorry. What context? Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 20:53

пункт = point in various senses (but neither in geometry, nor punctuation of numbers or words, nor in the phrase "What's your point?", nor the verb/participle "to point")

So it may mean

  • a place on the map such as a city or town. Idiom населенный пункт means any settlement.

  • a point of departure or arrival (cf. also пункт назначения)

  • a small place where people do some task staying in place (distribute things, exchange currency, collect scrap - пункт обмена валюты, пункт приёма металлолома and so on)

  • a checkpoint or a small police office (контрольно-пропускной пункт aka КПП, опорный пункт)

  • an item in a list, a numbered paragraph.

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