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Is the feminine instrumental in -ою literary only nowadays?

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It isn't only literary, you can hear it in colloquial speech and rustic dialect, and in phraseology and idioms. Or just to express you feelings brighter.

For example: "Я горжусь тобой" (I proud of you) - is just regular phrase, means exactly what it means.

But "Я горжусь тобою!" - has a lot of feelings inside, mostly warm.

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  • How does it express feelings more brightly?
    – VCH250
    Mar 2, 2018 at 19:53

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