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Is there a gender-neutral word for "friend" in Russian?

I learned that подруга means female friend and друг means male friend, so I wonder how to say friend when: you don't know the friend's gender (like when one hears about someone else's friend); you ...
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What's the purpose of своё in this sentence?

Here's a sentence from my book: Покрытые злобными колючками ежевичные плети изгибались над отжившими своё зарослями папоротника. Why is своё in this sentence and why does it have this specific ...
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Distinguishing between "effectiveness" and "efficiency" in Russian

The Russian translation for "effectiveness" seems to be "эффективность", a word that sounds pretty similar to "effectiveness" and also initially would seem to be able to ...
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What antonym exists for the word мука?

There is a Russian word мука́ (which means flour in English) What antonym exists for this word?
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How do you say "X is my only friend"?

How do you say "X is my only friend" in Russian? For example: Alcohol is my only friend. Google translate uses the word единственные, but when I try to find example sentences containing ...
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What's the meaning of "было" in these contexts/sentences?

I'm wondering what the purpose and meaning of "было" is in these sentences, and if it is a conjugation of "быть" or a separate word. The word "было" meaning "there ...
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What is the most used and widely accepted term for "tree well" in Russian?

Today, due to the tragic death of Amanda Asay, I learned the English term, "tree well", which is (quote from wikipedia): A tree well, also known as a spruce trap, is the space around a tree ...
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Is there any way to differentiate a "cat's hat" from a "cat-shaped hat"?

In English, we have two identical phrases that could mean two different things: a "cat hat" (a hat one buys to put onto a cat), and a "cat-hat" (a hat that looks like a cat's head.)...
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Достаточная причина отказаться что-либо делать, одним-двумя словами?

Как можно назвать обстоятельства, связанные с определенным действием, которые остановят любого человека в здравом уме от его выполнения? Скорее всего - связанные с угрозой жизни и здоровья, когда ...
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What is a common Russian expression from someone who is in pain, like 'Ouch' but stronger?

I'm writing a short story with a Russian character who is getting a tattoo in an English speaking country. There is a moment where the tattoo will be particularly painful, and she will make some kind ...
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The full counterpart of 'night' in Russian

So, I've stumbled upon an interesting question and, being a native speaker of Russian, I don't know the accurate answer. In English, there exists a word night. It means the period from sunset to ...
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Противоположность понятий "чудовище" / "монстр"

Как назвать человека который поражает своими особыми свойствами/качествами одним словом? Если в негативном ключе, то можно использовать слова монстр/чудовище. А если хочется в положительном смысле? (...
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Как называют человека, перешедшего из одной религии в другую?

Как называют человека, перешедшего из одной религии в другую? Пример: татарин, отказавшийся от ислама и прошедший крещение в православной церкви. Я нигде не смог найти ответа, как ни искал. В ...
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What is the difference between лодыжка and щиколотка as a translation of "ankle"?

TL/DR: What is the difference between щиколотка and лодыжка, and which one is a better suited translation for "Ankle zips with reflective detailing"? Background As a personal vocabulary ...
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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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Is there a Russian equivalent of "red flag"?

In English, the term red flag is used as a metaphor to mean a sign suggestive of a possible danger or problem: (1) Boyfriend not showing you his home is a huge red flag. (Link) (2) I've just spent ...
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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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What is the Russian word that sounds like "bleen"

What is the Russian word that sounds like "bleen" that is a mild swear word? Ben Rich (Bald and Bankrupt) suggests that it translates to "bloody hell". It is said at 6:48 in this ...
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Как по-русски obround?

Как называется фигура, которая по-английски называется stadium или obround? Множество точек, расстояние от которых до заданного отрезка не больше R.
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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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How to say "armor" (a term from hydrology) in Russian?

I don't mean the military term, but the one used in hydrology:
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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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Контекст возбуждения - (не) только сексуальный?

Если человек, получив интересную информацию, не разволновался, а эмоционально вовлекся и заинтересовался, стал активно размышлять на эту тему - какими словами это лучше описать? "Возбуждающая тема", "...
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What is the Russian equivalent of 干物女 (dried fish woman)?

Literally meaning dried fish woman, the popular slang 干物女 is used to call a woman in her twenties or older who, as nicely summarized in Wikipedia, has many of the following traits: Her text ...
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What are the original Russian words for a prostitute?

Prostitution is referred to as the oldest profession, but the modern Russian word for a prostitute, "проститутка," is a relatively new borrowing, which started being used in the Russian language just ...
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What is the Russian word for a suicide committed by a warrior to restore honor?

I would like to know the Russian word for a suicide committed by a warrior when he failed at his duties or wanted to avoid being captured, with the suicide motivation being to restore honor for ...
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What was the profession 芸者 (female entertainer) called in Russia?

I am looking for an indigenous Russian word for women who entertained guests at social gatherings in Russia. To put it simply, I am looking for a Russian analogue of geisha. I tried to find such a ...
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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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Expressing surprise (multiple variations of "I am lost for words")

Assuming, that I recently received unexpected news that both, surprised me and hit me emotionally. I'm literally lost for words and don't know what to say. I am not voiceless in a medical sense, nor ...
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Word for "activity tracker" or "smart bracelet"

Recently, small wearable devices have become popular to track vital parameters, such as walked distance, heartbeat rate, calorie consumption and quality of sleep. There is a variety of names for those ...
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What would be the Russian term for cruising in your car listening to music? Also,Is there a term when the mob travel and drive as a group?

Is there a term for driving and listening to music with no destination just to drive listening to music? Is there a specific term to drive and listen to music at night? Is there a term when a large ...
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The verb "to prioritize"

What is a natural way to say the following? It's better to give priority to this task. I need to set priorities. I need to get my priorities straight. I'm finding expressions like: (приоритизировать,...
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How can I ask someone to take a photograph of me?

Something like 'Could you please take a photo of me? . I searched everywhere and can't seem to find something similar.
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What are some words for LGBT people in Russia?

I am currently writing a novel with a Russian main character. Part of his backstory and something that comes up frequently is that he is, agaisnt all odds, a homosexual transvestite. I am ...
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A noun for a clumsy lady [closed]

Is there any Russian noun that would describe a clumsy and awkward girl?
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"Cписание" и "поступление" одним словом

В бухгалтерской терминологии есть списания и поступления средств на счет и со счета. Есть ли слово, которое объединяет эти два понятия не заостряя внимание на направлении их движения?
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"Even-though" in Russian language

What would be the accurate translation for "Even though"? I found "даже если" and "даже когда" and in Cambridge dictionary (English- Russian) "несмотря на то что". So, I am a little bit confused ...
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Superlatives with the prefix наи

When can I use superlatives like наилучший instead of the word самый? If I had to guess I'd say that the former is slightly more bookish but I'm not really sure. Usually I'd just use something like ...
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чем + nominative vs genitive

What's the difference between Ваша комната лучше нашей and Ваша комната лучше чем наша ? Are these interchangeable? If so, when should I use the construction «чем + nominative» instead of the genitive ...
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Russian equivalents of English idiom "what a ..."?

E.g. What a beautiful day! or What a jerk!. The phrase doesn't have in general any positive or negative connotation, but is just a general exclamation about the perceived (large) magnitude of ...
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Is there a preposition in Russian language like "of" in English?

I'm trying to get the parallel preposition for "of" in Russian language and I'm really confused a little bit. I want it to explain to a Russian how to use "of" in an English sentence, but I can't find ...
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Russian equivalents of the English idiom "So much for (a peaceful vacation)!"

First ..., and now this!? So much for a peaceful vacation! In English, you use the expression "so much for X" ironically and dejectedly when something didn't turn out the way you'd hoped. ...
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Russian equivalent of the colloquial figurative expression "get left out of the loop"

In English, you can say "leave someone out of the loop" to mean "leave them out of the discussion"; for instance, three people are talking among themselves, and you feel sort of ...
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Gender-neutral synonym for "поженились"

As far as I know, "married" (man) is женатый (short form женат) and "married" (woman) is замужняя (short form замужем). Likewise, the verb "to marry" with a man as the subject is жениться/пожениться ...
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How to express the idea of "not exactly" humorously?

Хотя, полагаю, скромностью мы не отличаемся... In English, you can use the phrase "not exactly" to humorously express the idea of "far from" or "hardly", as in: "we are not exactly {= far from} known ...
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Как людей из бывшего Союза называют сейчас?

Как людей из бывшего Союза называют сейчас? Фразу "Люди из бывшего Советского Союза" неудобно использовать, когда хотите называть эту группу. Также, когда хотите назвать одного человека, которого жил ...
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How to translate "whataboutery"

The term whataboutery means "Responding to criticism by accusing one's opponent of similar or worse faults" (wikipedia). The closest I found is the whole phrase В огороде бузина, а в Киеве — ...
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Phrase meaning “ты мой золотой”

I have been chatting with someone for a while now and she used the phrase “ты мой золотой” we have met before but currently we are in different country. My question is what does this phrase stand for? ...
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What are some good Russian equivalents for the word "badass?"

I recently stumbled upon the following over in the English Language & Usage StackExchange: What is a good synonym for “badass” that would be usable in a high school setting? Truth be told, I ...
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"Авторизация заблокирована" - можно ли сказать то же самое короче?

Как можно укоротить сообщение: "Авторизация заблокирована Пожалуйста, подождите 60 секунд" так, чтобы сохранился смысл и "уважение" к читающему ? Во всех вариантах, которые я мог придумать, ...
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