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Questions about the difference in meaning or usage between two or more words.

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Difference in usage between “наоборот” and “напротив”

Она его не упрекала, потому что знала, что сложись все наоборот, если бы её парень упал, а она бы продолжала идти, она бы тоже не остановилась. I assume that "наоборот" cannot be replaced with "...
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Difference in usage between “мол” and “де”

Натолкнувшийся на меня Фарсад, невесело улыбнулся – мол, не у одного тебя кошки на душе скребут, потом вдруг со всего размаха врезал меня по плечу, и проговорил: As particles to mark reported speech, ...
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Which verb would start a “серию убийств”?

Which verb or a combination of verbs would best describe the act of starting a "серия убийств" (I want to keep "серия убийств", but the grammatical case can be different from Nominative)? "Начал ...
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How to say “historical reenactment” in Russian?

How to say "historical reenactment" in Russian? For example, when talking about some festival with a historical reenactment of some medieval battle. EDIT: "историческая реконструкция", as far as I ...
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“навсегда”, “навек(и)”, “вовек(и)”, “вечно”: When to use each one?

остаться здесь навсегда уснуть навеки / навек вовеки / вовек не забуду любить тебя вечно Тhey can all translate as "forever" in English, but they each seem to match better with some ...
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When to use “прекрасный” and when to use “красивый”?

прекрасный вечер прекрасная девушка красивый пейзаж I wonder if the choice depends on what noun follows?
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О конях и лошадях

I know the difference between "лошадь" and "конь" - лошадь is a female horse and конь is a male horse. I also know that we should treat "конный спорт" as a set expression. Thus, "лошадиный спорт" ...
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Nuances between “столь/настолько/так (твёрдо) уверен”

To express the idea of: How come you're so[that much / this much / to this extent] sure of it? The following phrasings all seem to be saying more or less the same thing: Почему ты в нем столь / ...
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Usage of “все” vs “ещё”?

So I just came across the following sentence: Прошло 2 года,а я все слушаю If I had to make a guess I'd translate this to something like: It's been two years and still i'm listening It appears ...
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Difference between “некий”, “какой-то”, “кое-какой”, and “некоторый”?

Здесь была металлическая пирамидка, размером с ладонь, некое устройство, состоящее из двух пересеченных колец, ... I'm wondering how those four synonyms are nuanced and if in this context it is ...
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В чем разница между «через X после Y» и «спустя X после Y»?

Через неделю-другую , после обсчёта результатов оказалось, что человек не рыбка. [no dash before negation] Спустя неделю-другую , после обсчёта результатов оказалось, что человек не рыбка. [no ...
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How commonly is the neologistic word “опция” used as a variant of “вариант”?

В таком случае помни, что есть масса опций: ты всегда можешь воспользоваться доставкой цветов — пусть даже ты вообще в другом городе. Here, "масса опций" is used with the meaning of "tons of options",...
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“Юноша” и “юношеский” применительно к девушкам

Юноша - это молодой человек (парень). Юношеский, однако, означает возраст и подразумевает так же и девушек, как в словосочетании "юношеский разряд". Есть ли слово с тем же смыслом что и юношеский, но ...
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Section of a house for wiring and plumbing

How is that limited-height section of a house under a floor or roof (usually reserved for wiring and plumbing) called in Russian? EDIT: The term in English is 'crawl space'. Google Translator ...
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What is the difference between научиться and выучить?

What is the difference between научиться and выучить? I understand that they both mean "to learn" but are they used in different contexts?
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How do they express in Russian a range of age of a precise group of people?

How do they express in Russian a range of age of a given group of people? As far as I know, "to range" is rendered as "колебаться" in statistics, that is, in dealing with big sets of elements that ...
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How do they describe in Russian the act of a soldier clicking his heels together?

How do they describe in Russian the act of a soldier clicking his heels together, which was very common in the pre-revolutionary Russian army? For example, how to say in Russian "I saw him click ...
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What's the appropriate verb for the following context? (найти Vs. находить)

I just want to say "I need to find it", or "The main thins is that you will find it" (for example, the key, the document, etc.). Now I am not sure which verb is more appropriate to the context that I ...
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What's the difference between «стереть» and «удалить»?

Are these words interchangeable? I recently read something like она стёрла видео с телефона would it sound weird if I replaced стёрла for удалила?
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Какие слова могут иметь несколько начальных форм?

Некоторые слова (здесь "слово" употребляется в значении "осмысленный набор букв") могут иметь несколько начальных форм. Например, слово "села" может иметь форму "сесть" (она села), а может иметь форму ...
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Пиетет: иметь или испытывать?

Вопрос, собственно, в заголовке. Имеется цитата К этому человеку все относились с большим пиететом. Аркадий Стругацкий, Борис Стругацкий, «Понедельник начинается в субботу», 1964 г. Значит, ...
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В чем разница между роптать, сетовать а жаловаться

Прочитав объяснение и примеры приведенные в Викисловаре. Мне кажется жалуется тот, кто просто говорит о том, что ему плохо, у него болит; жаловаться - это нейтральное слово сетовать - мне кажется, ...
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Nuances between “приглядеть” and “поглядеть”

Will you look after him a little bit? I wanted to express this idea in conversation: Ты не приглядишь за ним немножечко? Ты не поглядишь за ним немножечко? I wonder how these two verbs are ...
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“ещё и с ней” vs “ещё с ней”

You'll have to babysit her, too. {= her as well as him} In conversation, I wanted to express this idea in an sarcastic tone: Тебе ещё и с ней нянчиться придётся. {or}: Тебе ещё с ней ...
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“Позже” vs. “позднее”

For context, whether or not it even matters, I am a professional musician and a native Russian speaker was asking me just now about when my love for music first manifested itself. I replied with a ...
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Interchangeability of доехать and проехать

So there was this exercise in our textbook asking us to translate the phrase: "Could you please tell me how to get to the institute by metro" After a while I came up with скажите, пожалуйста, ...
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What is the difference between “eврей” and “иудей”?

I always thought that "Jew" was "eврей", but I have also heard the usage of "иудей". What is the difference? They appear to be the same in the dictionaries that I have checked. Are they completely the ...
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“Вместо” or “взамен”

I found two translations for "instead of": вместо or взамен. What's the acceptable one for the following contexts? I want to say for example that "I want red instead of blue, house instead of ...
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Could a translation error lead to squares to not be considered as rectangles?

I'm reading a certain set of kindergarten/lower primary maths textbooks that is written by American authors for a non-American company. Whenever students are asked to identify the number of ...
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Существенны ли мягкий и твердый знаки на письме?

Я называю символ существенным в слове, если его удаление приведет к новому слову. Например, если удалить из слова "из" букву "з", я получу другое слово "и", т.е. буква "з" существенна в слове "из". ...
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дверями vs дверьми

What's the difference between дверями and дверьми? My textbook states that «дверьми» is bookish, however upon searching more into this I found some articles claiming that they are completely ...
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“Опыт” vs “переживание”

There are two common uses for the English word experience: the specific sense, as in "skydiving was an interesting experience" the more general sense, as in "I have the job experience you're looking ...
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Sorting the various terms for “everywhere”

I thought I had learned the word for everywhere some time ago—всюду. But this morning I ran across везде, which got me looking around, and so I also found повсюду and повсеместно. What, if anything, ...
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Imperative with imperfective verbs

Is it rude to use imperative with imperfective verbs? Like, suppose you are a customs officer asking someone to open their case, you could probably (I'm just guessing at this point) say either: ...
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Interpretation of “по одному”

What is the function of по одному in the following sentence? Брежнев ехал на машине по одному из московских проспектов I did some research and apparently it means one at a time, that doesn't ...
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сказать VS поговорить

What's the difference between these two? According to wiktionary both are perfective forms of говорит but I'm not sure if they're really interchangeable. When should each one be used?
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The differences among the imperatives of verbs of motion

I would like to see contrasting examples of the imperatives of to go. What are the differences among these? ходи иди пойди
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How do these two carry nuances of meaning: “ещё никогда не” vs. “никогда не”?

И мне ещё никогда не было так трудно вымыть квартиру, как сейчас. И мне никогда не было так трудно вымыть квартиру, как сейчас. I wonder if the version with "ещё" emphasises the fact that ...
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Why use the perfective “остаться” rather than the imperfective “оставаться” here?

Кто бы мог представить, что в мире все еще остались такие уголки? {instead of}: Кто бы мог представить, что в мире все еще оставались такие уголки? I'd expected to see the imperfective verb here ...
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Difference between ем и ест [closed]

What is the difference between ем и ест? As far as I know ем means to 'eat' and ест means 'eats or eating' but that is not how it is on various sites I have seen. How are they used?
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Question about the word всё

Since "всё" means 'all' or 'everything', does "как всё" mean 'how is everything' or 'how are you all' or 'how is everybody'?
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до поры до времени

How would you typically translate до поры до времени, and how is it different from a less idiomatic phrase like в данное время?
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поде́лать vs сделать, both mean to make/to do and are perfective

Beginner here. I'm trying to figure out the difference between поде́лать and сделать. According to the above wiktionary links, they both mean to make / to do and are both perfective verbs. Are they ...
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Position of “бы” when forming conditional

My learning book for Russian gives the two following example sentences about conditional: Он сказал бы Мы бы хотели My question is: can we put interchangeably "бы" before or after the verb it "...
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Difference between “Я хочу” and “Мне хочется”?

Without being given a specific context, can one tell the difference between "Я хочу" and "Мне хочется"? I have already seen this question, but it didn't answer mine, which is more about a general ...
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“всего доброго” or “всего хорошего”?

Which of the two is the right term to say when saying goodbye to someone, "всего доброго" or "всего хорошего"? (I know there are many other terms for "goodbye", or "all the best") I usually say "...
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Difference in meaning between “по счастью” and “к счастью”

Dictionaries say that they are synonyms. Thus my question is what shades of meaning, and in what cases, would you use one over the other? Or, perhaps, are they completely identical in meaning?
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“использоваться” and “употреблять”

What is the difference between "использоваться" and "употреблять"? When do we use the first one and when the latter?
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“Дай мне” vs “дайте мне”

What is the difference between дай мне and дайте мне?
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Difference between “азбука” and “алфавит”

What's the difference between азбука and алфавит? My book is constantly using the former, however most of the videos I found use алфавит. Is азбука still used?