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Do you know something - Вы знаете or Вы знаете ли or Вы не знаете?

I am unsure about these three ways of asking if someone knows something. I was told that in certain contexts, such as when asking for the time, Вы не знаете was the norm. On the other hand, I was told ...
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How to say the difference between two things

How would one say "The difference between [object A] and [object B] is..." in Russian? For instance, I might want to ask "Do you know the difference between chinos and jeans?" A ...
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Short- or long-form adjective?

At first I thought short-form adjectives were quite easy after seeing how they are formed. But when to use them turned out to be more complex. Here I have 5 sentences that made me confuse since they ...
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How to convey the emotion “I am happy”

There are certain words and phrases that mean satisfied, happy, or otherwise contented я рад я доволен я удовлетворен In english, "I am happy", that is "being happy" is a state of mind ...
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Using выходить instead of входить

I know the title might sound strange since these words convey exactly opposite meaning, but I came across the following text: Крестьянин спросил моряка, который собирался плыть в Индию: Где ...
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Значение слова “порядка” в определённом контексте

В одном тексте есть следующая фраза: Порядка 10% (россиян) проходили обучающие онлайн-курсы Каково значение слова порядка в этом контексте? Я бы догадался, что оно такое же как "около". Но порядок ...
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Usage of выходить and выйти в будущем времени [duplicate]

I know both words have a meaning of "leaving". But according to this выйти is supposed to be used in the case of predictable result, like: Через 5 минут он выйдет из класса. While выходить is ...
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Как называется выпуклый (рельефный) рисунок/урашение на предмете?

Барельеф, мне кажется, это больше из архитетуры, про стакан так не скажешь. А есть ли слово, которое описывает подобные украшения на предметах?
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Difference between “объединяйтесь” and “соединяйтесь”?

Background I recently saw a translation of the well-known motto "Workers of the world, unite!", but when I looked into it, I found out that there are at least two possible translations: Пролетарии ...
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How should I translate “the fighting boar” in Grenfell's poem into Russian?

My Russian teacher, whom you know by his tough approach to teaching the language, strongly pushed me to try to translate English poems into Russian, and we agreed I'd have a look at Hymn to the Wild ...
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Differences between выслать and отправить

Im wondering the correct usage of отправить and выслать (to send/dispatch). I've seen the former in the context: Отправить сообщение в сети (to send an online message) and the latter: Выслать ...
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What's the difference between “люблю” and “обожаю”?

I was doing a Clozemaster exercise and it asked to translate "I love reading" to Russian. I thought of putting Люблю читать but the correct answer that the exercise wanted was Обожаю читать. What's ...
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The usage of “по” in distributive expression

In a text, used for educational purposes, were the following sentence: Каждый ученик получил по красному карандашу. Based on the context, I could translate this into "Each student received a red ...
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Difference between получится and удаётся

My question is about two ways of saying "manage to do": у меня получится and мне удаётся Can anyone clarify what's the difference between these two? Thank you!
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Is there a positive Russian word for a whistleblower?

Let's suppose some students gather every evening in a student dormitory and make loud noise till late night by playing guitar, talking, singing, laughing, etc., and a female student from the same ...
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'ознакомля́йтесь' or 'ознака́мливайтесь'?

Is 'ознака́мливайтесь' correct? I can't find this word in Zaliznyak's dictionary or in Russian Wiktionary. Instead, I see only 'ознакомля́йтесь'. However, I keep hearing it all the time:
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an adjective for a person who is so lazy that he is willing to lie

What adjective in Russian would best describe a policeman who is deliberately twisting some facts in the protocol in order to close the case as soon as possible because he is too lazy to deal with it ...
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What is the difference between “ещё” and “больше”?

I know they both mean 'more' ? But there useage seems to differ, is there a rule of thumb?
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Difference between “супермаркет” and “гипермаркет”

I've seen both "супермаркет" and "гипермаркет" being used to describe what I would call a "supermarket", but what is the difference between them?
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What does “сушить сухари” mean? [closed]

I tried to google it, but all I got is culinary recipes. What does "сушить сухари" mean? If a russian person says something like I should "сушить сухари" and it's clearly not about food, what could ...
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“Много рыбы плавает” - why not “плавают”? [duplicate]

I came across this sentence В этой реке много рыбы плавает I understand that after много you need the genitive plural of a noun, and рыбы is the genitive plural of рыба so why isn't it "...рыбы ...
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“Чтобы не пропустить новые видео” or “новых видео”?

Is it grammatically correct to say: "Подпишись, чтобы не пропустить новых видео" or should I say: "Подпишись, чтобы не пропустить новыe видео"? Please, instead of just saying which option is right,...
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Омыть или вымыть?

Есть глагол несовершенного вида "мыть", а в совершенном виде бывают и "омыть", и "вымыть". Насколько я понимаю, глагол "вымыть" гораздо популярнее, хотя приставка "вы-" обычно обозначает движение из ...
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Как правильно использовать “внесите пароль” или “введите пароль”?

Какой вариант больше подходит для использования на страницах сайта?
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Speed and Velocity in Russian

In physics we would in English use the terms speed and velocity differently: Speed is a number (magnitude). Velocity is a vector (magnitude and direction). In English this is traditional from more ...
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Поставить vs класть

В чем разница между словами класть и поставить?
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Different Words in Russian, Same Meaning in English! [closed]

I practice Russian in Duolingo app and there are a lot of words that have same meaning in English. For example: мои - мой - моя - мое это - этот - эта как - что
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How is являться different from есть and быть

Consider these sentences: это -- ошибка это является ошибкой From what I can tell, these sentences both mean "This is a mistake". Probably they can be paraphrased explicitly using есть and быть as ...
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How can I say in Russian “I am not afraid to write anything”?

The question is in the title of my post. Somehow this simple idea made me really confused as to how I can express it in Russian. My first attempt was: (1) Я не боюсь писать всё. But I guess ...
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Difference between “а потом уже” and “а потом”?

For context, the phrase I'm trying translating is: "Конечно, побежать и закрыть кран, а потом уже устранять последствия потопа" = "Of course, to run and close the tap, and then to eliminate the ...
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“Крутой” and “жёсткий” as personality traits: Meanings and difference

I often saw that the Russians use the adjective "крутой" and "жёсткий" to describe personalities, but I find it hard to understand these words and the difference between them. Here ...
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What is the original Russian word for a watermelon?

Wiktionary gives the following etymology of the word "арбуз" (watermelon): From Turkic. Compare Ottoman Turkish خربز‎ (harbüz), خربزه‎ (harbüze), Tatar карбыз (qarbız), Bashkir ҡарбуз (...
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What should I do with non-Russian proper names that sound like Russian swear words?

Let's suppose I am writing a serious article in Russian about a person, a business, or a geographic object whose proper name sounds in the original language like a Russian swear or obscene word. Of ...
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What to start a scholarship application letter with

What is the best way to make an opening to a Russian language motivation letter to be used in applying for a university scholarship? is "уважаемые господа и дамы" good enough when addressing several ...
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Russian word for a male zebra

Let's suppose I am writing a fictional but realistic story about a male zebra. Here is the problem. On the one hand, the grammatical gender of the Russian word "зебра" is feminine, so it is ...
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What is the difference between “дерзкий,” “наглый,” and “нахальный”?

Wiktionary gives the following definitions of дерзкий, наглый, and нахальный: дерзкий: brazen, impudent, impertinent, insolent, cheeky, pert bold, daring, audacious наглый: impudent, impertinent, ...
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What are the words for people who cause trouble believing they know better?

Update: To put it simply, what I am looking for is a Russian word or expression that combines three things together: (1) inconsiderate (that is, not careful to avoid harm to others), (2) meddlesome (...
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What people are called boars (“кабан”) and why?

I discovered yesterday that the Russians often use the word "кабан" ("wild boar") or its Old Russian analogue "вепрь" to talk about people: (1) Что ещё раз доказывает, ...
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The original word for a wild boar

I recently accidentally discovered that the Russians call wild boars by a word borrowed from Turkic languages - "кабан." The etymological dictionary by Preobrazhensky clearly states: Заимств. из ...
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Why do Russians call their women expensive (“дорогая”)?

My question is in the title of this post, and I do not know what else to say. I am just puzzled. Okay, to avoid my post being put on hold for being too succinct, I will add a couple of naive thoughts ...
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Words for “mow the lawn”, “cut the grass”

How would a Russian speaker be likely to say "mow the lawn" or "cut the grass" in Russian? (I'm thinking about the lawn associated with a regular house, not a mansion or a park.) Usually, I can find a ...
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Translating the untranslatable: Are there good translations of Russian wordplay jokes about Stierlitz? [closed]

The Russian wordplay jokes about Stierlitz - the Russian James Bond - are among the funniest, but are considered untranslatable. But are they really untranslatable? Being a big fan of my language and ...
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“Oбнулить” и “настраивать на нуль”

На викисловаре есть два перевода английского глагола zero. Суть "обнулить" и "настраивать на нуль". Насколько я вижу, "настраивать на нуль" гораздо реже чем "обнулить", но я об В этом не полностью ...
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Usage of “слушать” and “слышать”

I'm still confused about these two verbs. Can someone lay out the differences between them and when to use each? So far all I've been able to gather is that слушать means to listen whereas слышать ...
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Succinct and gender-neutral Russian word for “writer”

Imagine I want to translate to Russian the word "community of working writers" such that "writers" means both male and female ones. Here are obvious variants: Сообщество работающих литераторов и ...
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Flee: “бежать” or “сбежать”?

What is stylistically neutral word for "to flee": "бежать" or "сбежать"? EDIT: I consider here the formal register (such as in Wikipedia articles or TV news). I know that both words can describe ...
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Choice of Russian words for dishes

Recently the respected user @SergeySlepov suggested that the dish for soup is тарелка or миска, not чашка. His suggestion came as a reaction to my expression чашка супу. I have always been confused ...
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Why is по pronounced “po” but по русски is pronounced pa-ruski? Or am I saying one of them wrong? [duplicate]

Literally, the very first thing in Russian that I learned was the phrase "я не очень хорошо говорю по русски" so I know that по русски is pronounced pa ruski, but I was adding a pronunciation for the ...
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When do you use так как, потому что, из-за, благодаря, по, ради

There are many words in Russian for 'because'. I am unclear whether they are equivalent or are they used in different situations.
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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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