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Наталья, я не выношу пауков. Поэтому я их, да, выношу. Глупо было бы жену просить, так? Остальных я выношу, и потому разве что "выпускаю".

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    I think you are incorrectly grouping words, should be "(и потому)(разве что)(выпускаю)" = "(and that's why)(I'm only)(letting them go)".
    – Artemix
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 14:16
  • I thought of that, but I thought he would have used поэтому in that case. Is потому correct?
    – CocoPop
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 14:18
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    Yes, потому is synonym for поэтому. It is mostly used with preceding "а" or "и": "и потому", "а потому".
    – Artemix
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 14:26
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    Разве что 2.: только, лишь, вот разве только. I think просто is also a synonym here.
    – Artemix
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 14:59
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    There's quite funny play of word meanings but the last sentence doesn't look correct to me as native speaker.
    – Sam Dark
    Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 21:07

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..потому, разве что, выпускаю

Means

..that's why, I let them go. 

"Разве что" is a meaningless idiom in this sentence.

It is usually employed as "unless".

Я не люблю колбасу, разве что, когда очень голодный.
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  • Is it meaningless, or does it give the sentence a hint of просто?
    – CocoPop
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 13:12
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    Russian is funny. Wait till you hear something like "Да нет, наверное." Perfectly valid way of saying "probably not."
    – Metaphor
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 21:48
  • The funny thing is that I've heard it and it immediately made sense to me :)
    – CocoPop
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 23:33
  • Upvoting for this answer. @Metaphor should have stress out that commas are missing in the question and they make the sentence sense more clear.
    – Denis V
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 16:37
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I do not know where have you found the comment, but I can say that the sentence "Остальных я выношу, и потому разве что "выпускаю"" is wrong. So there is no meaning at all.
It is better to say "Наталья, я не терплю пауков, но я их выношу (на улицу). Глупо было бы просить об этом жену, правильно? Я их выношу и выпускаю (на волю)."

P.S. I am not linguistic guy, just a native speaker

P.P.S I have never heard sentence "потому разве" before. The right phrases are "потому что", "разве что" ))

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  • Thank you, I appreciate your input. I think the first part was a play on words, since выносить can mean both "can't stand" and "take out." The rest didn't really make sense to me.
    – CocoPop
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 14:05
  • And what is the meaning of разве что?
    – CocoPop
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 14:06
  • One of the meaning is "except". i.e. "Кино я не смотрю, разве что комедии" — I don't watch any films except comedies.
    – Serge P
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 14:08
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    The sentence is totally correct and the meaning is obvious, -1
    – Anixx
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 10:41
  • Anixx, Do you speak Russian fluently? The sentence is very odd and wrong for native speakers. If sentence is correct, give an convincing answer, please.
    – Serge P
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 11:19

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