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The Meaning of "Ещё"

At first, I wash taught that ещё means "yet". However, as I get deeper in grammar, I am seeing that sometimes it means " more" or even "else"! What is the actual meaning, and how can I differentiate ...
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What does the word "да" mean in "Иван да Марья"?

I read about a flower which is called "Иван да Марья". I am assuming, that "Иван" and "Марья" are Russian names, since they start with capital letters and "Марья" sounds like an English name "Maria". ...
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the exact meaning of the clause "По согласованию Сторон"

For the context, this is the reference text: По согласованию Сторон будет обеспечено строительство новых транспортных коммуникаций, связывающих Нахичеванскую Автономную Республику с западными ...
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What is the meaning of: "Войну ждали. Но она пришла неожиданно."?

I recently read an article in Russian written by a doctor of art science for the journal Живая история, and that article is about the Soviet-German war and starts with the following two sentences: ...
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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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Больше vs. более

Sometimes I am not sure and a little confused when to use больше and when to use более, can somebody explain it to me? For example which sentence is grammatically right?: Надо больше пить. or Надо ...
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What does this phrase mean? [ Ты здал его шарадами?]

I received it in a congratulations card from a relative who knows I'm learning Russian. I tried to translate it but the best I got was 'Have you [verb]ed him with the charades?' The phrase is (to my ...
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Difference between "бренчать" and "тренькать"

Hey can anyone explain to me the difference between these words, and maybe наматывать as well? I was doing guitar-vocab, my usual resources seem to be drawing a blank?
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What is the difference between дать and подать?

I'm not sure what подать connotates anything more, except that it is 'to pass something to someone', much like дать. It seems that 'passing something' is always done by hands, but that is the same as ...
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"Пусть расползётся пэрча" - what does it mean?

Can anyone help me understand what this phrase means? “пусть расползётся пэрча” I’m sure it’s grammatically incorrect but I couldn’t find a proper interpretation of it. I’m not understanding пэрча. I ...
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What's the meaning of the word "расходилась" in Tolstoy's story ''Прыжок''?

One of the phrases in Tolstoy's story ''Прыжок'' ('The Leap') is: Обезьяна эта корчилась, прыгала, делала смешные рожи, передразнивала людей, и видно было - она знала, что ею забавляются, и оттого ещё ...
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Как назвать искреннего ханжу?

Определение ханжи таково: Тот, кто притворно набожен, добродетелен; лицемер. А как назвать человека, который непритворно, а искренне набожен, добродетелен? Он лезет ко всем с нравоучениями, ...
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Difference between "девушка", "девочка" and "подруга"

So, IIRC "девушка" can mean both "girl" (of any age) or "girlfriend" (I'm not entirely sure of this so feel free to call me out), but what about 'подруга'? Can I safely replace 'девушка' with 'подруга'...
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How to explain two almost opposite meanings of "лихой"

I am puzzled by the fact that while most earlier usage of лихой have distinctly negative connotations (лиходей, лихой человек is most certainly a villain, лихие времена - bad times, лихоимство - deeds ...
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Why do Russians call a joke a stake (прикол)?

In modern Russian, прикол is a very frequently used word and means a joke, a funny incident, or just anything funny, but the original meaning of this word is very different: a stake to which a ship, a ...
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What is the different between "возвратиться" and "вернуться"?

I have two flash cards giving imperfective/perfective pairs corresponding to the meaning "to return": возвращаться/возвратиться возвращаться/вернуться This was confusing me a lot, as well as making ...
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The meaning of "бедный родственник"

Literally "бедный родственник" means "poor relative". But it doesn't make much sense in the following context: Что ты смотришь на меня как бедный родственник? What does this idiom mean? And what ...
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Can "неужели" be used in a sentence that isn’t a question?

I’m translating an audio in Russian, where the speaker says, “поэтому я так счастлива что ... неужели ура!” i might be hearing the speaker incorrectly, but if not, I was wondering what неужели meant ...
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Difference between "хороший" and "xорошо"?

Both mean good but Хорошо is defined as the short neuter singular of хоро́ший. AFAIK it is possible to use any of them when for example answering "Good!" or is there any practical difference?
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What's the difference between "чашка" and "кружка"?

When I try googling кружка, I don't get anything that resembles a cup, but it's the first choice when I use Google Translate.
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The origin of "заморить червячка"

"Заморить червячка" is an idiom which can be loosely translated as "to get a bite to eat", or "to have a snack / to have something to eat". Which worm does the expression refer to? What is its ...
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Meaning of чё - что or чего?

This question was born from the discussion in comments under this answer. Чё is a slang/colloquial word, but does it mean что or чего? I believe that it's the equivalent of что, although it can't be ...
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Why does "охуенно" mean "great" but "хуёвый" mean "bad"

I came across some words chatting with my friend (he's a native speaker). What's the difference between пиздато, охуенно, хуёво and пиздец? The first two words have a positive meaning but хуёво and ...
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Как перевести "next time, that is" на русский? [closed]

Как бы вы перевели второе предложение? It's cute, but make sure you practice before next time. If there's a next time, that is. Как вариант, я попробовала: Убедись, что позанимаешься. По крайней мере, ...
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"Отведать тунца" - what does this idiom mean?

I frequently play gomokunarabe, a Japanese strategy game, on an international server and sometimes face Russians as opponents, as a variant of this game is apparently popular in Russia and known as &...
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If a Russian girl calls herself a thawing pike (тающая щука), what could it mean?

I recently had a video call with a Russian girl, and in the middle of the conversation she called herself тающая щука. That made no sense in the context, so I used a mirror to try to understand what ...
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Meaning of "каким боком"

I came across the phrase "каким боком" during my studies ("каким боком это тебя касается?"), and I can't wrap my head around what it means. Is it maybe interchangeable with "...
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What word and case is `одною` in the phrase "помещалась одною лестницей ниже"?

I am trying to read Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, and I had a question about the word одною in this sentence: Квартирная же хозяйка его, у которой он нанимал эту каморку с обедом и прислугой, ...
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Are there Russian words for "close-minded" and "open-minded"?

I'm translating an English text into Russian and got stuck trying to find a Russian word for "close-minded." None came to my mind, so I looked in Reverso and I saw the following translation ...
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Лысая башка, дай пирожка - what does it mean?

Лысая башка, дай пирожка - what does this saying mean? I know what it means literally, but in which situations would it usually be used, and where/how did it originate?
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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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Difference between университет and институт

What's the difference between a университет and a институт? The former is translated as "university" and the latter as "institute" in both my textbook and on Wiktionary, but there's no explanation of ...
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Как перевести "can't be bothered with"

Как известно, can't be bothered может переводиться как лениться что-либо делать, либо не иметь желания, либо наплевать (She probably can't be bothered) и т. д. В песне Burn It Down группы Daughter ...
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How to parse and interpret "Ну и досталось же ему от моей сестры!"?

Ну и досталось же ему от моей сестры! They are talking about a ladykiller trying to seduce a girl. I can't make head nor tail of the meaning of this sentence. I wonder if "dative + достаться + от" ...
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How to build a scalable architecture? [closed]

Another IT question. I looked at yandex For scalable architecture,shows us масштабируемая архитектура I need this: How to build scalable architecture?
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How can I understand this puzzling dialogue with "ну я имею в виду вообще"?

My Russian teacher recently had us, his students, listen some audio recordings of what he called "authentic everyday communications of Russians." We had to understand the dialogues and ...
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What are the meaning and etymology of "выпендриваться"?

I am very much puzzled by the frequently used Russian verb выпендриваться and cannot understand it. Dictionaries and Reverso Context give a variety of translations, but I feel that none of them hits ...
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What is the precise meaning of "я считаю, что"?

I am puzzled by the Russian phrase "я считаю, что," which is used very frequently. I know that an approximate translation is "I think that," but I strongly feel that there is some ...
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Literal meaning of: смотри у меня, смотри мне

I heard many times phrases like "Смотри у меня" or "Смотри мне". As I understand they communicate a warning to a person, like "I am watching you", however their literal ...
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What is the meaning of: "- Отнеси кота на веранду. - Да уж лежит там."

In a recent test I had to translate the following: -- Отнеси кота на веранду. -- Да уж лежит там. My translation was: "Bring the cat to the verandah." "It is already lying there.&...
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How should I understand and translate "закатить истерику"?

Some time ago I took a test in which I had to translate some short texts from Russian into English. One of them contained the following sentence: По приходу домой она закатила истерику. My solution ...
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What is the meaning of the proverb 'Гостям стол, а коням столб'

I cannot seem to grasp the meaning of 'Гостям стол, коням столб', more specifically in the context of someone saying they have to hurry and leave. Does it have anything to do with being welcomed and ...
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Difference between "в кухне" and "на кухне"

I was reading Chekov's short story Ионыч and in the first chapter I found the following sentences: Когда в доме сидели гости, то в кухне стучали ножами. Окна были отворены настежь, слышно было, как ...
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Difference between "спасибо большое" and "большое спасибо"

What is the difference between these two phrases as they both appear to mean "Thank you very much". Looking at Google Ngram I see that большое спасибо is more common. Is there any difference ...
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Difference between смешнoй and забавный

These both appear to mean funny or amusing and I was looking for where one was more appropriate than the other. Is забавный less comical and more amusing or entertaining while смешнoй would be ...
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Use of делать в кучку

I came across this phrase earlier and was wondering if this extends to other contexts. "и глаза в кучку делает" Remarking that the dog's eyes were crossed however кучка means knot. So it ...
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Meaning of "Оставайтесь инкогнито" in this context

I'm looking for someone to help me understand an exchange I had on Instagram. I studied Russian about 13 years ago and have been trying to practice recently. I followed some Instagram accounts for ...
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Can "ты ещё нас всех переживёшь" have a positive connotation?

A little granddaughter tells her grandma: ты ещё нас всех переживёшь (you will survive all of us) Grandma gets offended because she interprets it as a death wish. Is this reasonable?! Маленькая ...
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When and why did Asian and Southern people start to be called "чурки"?

Wiktionary gives eight different meanings as well as the etymological origin of the word "чурка": Meanings 1-4 are various small pieces of wood or metal, Meaning 5 is a simpleton or ...
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What is the meaning of "ищущим людям" in this text?

The context is the following paragraph (from https://baaltii1.livejournal.com/198675.html): Этот разговор мы начали в Принстоне, прогуливаясь по тамошней жизни и красивому закату. Показалось, что ...

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