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Will an animate Russian noun still remain animate if used to denote an inanimate object?

This may be a strange question for someone who's fluent in Russian, but we were never taught it in school, and I realized I have a problem. I'm not sure which variant to use. So I decided to ask my ...
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How would the word "облако-кочевник" look in the accusative plural?

облако-кочевник I want to put this word in the accusative plural. If I want to use correct Russian grammar, how would it look and sound and why? Which rule applies? Here's the song. https://www....
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Why is "животное" neuter even though it's animate?

Russian differentiates between animate and inanimate nouns: Я вижу кота Я вижу дом In principle all animate nouns are either masculine or feminine but cannot be neuter. So why "животное" ...
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How should I inflect animate nouns when they are used to figuratively call inanimate objects, and vice versa?

In Russian, animate and inanimate nouns inflect differently. Let's compare "кабан" and "стакан": Я вижу кабанов. Я стреляю в кабана. Я вижу стаканы. Я стреляю в стакан. It is all ...
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Does the Russian numeral rule for the adjective that comes between the number and the noun (see below) apply to animate nouns in actual usage?

The rule I refer to is this: For numeral + adjective + noun in genitive case structures where the numeral-noun-adjective phrase is serving in a nominative case (e.g., the three little pigs went to ...
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Animate nouns - how to detect them without knowledge of Accusative

There is a well-known rule that a masculine noun is animate if its Accusative form has a non-zero ending. However, I haven't noticed this information to be mentioned in dictionaries... Maybe I just ...
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Одушевленный "источник"

Как правильно употреблять (и как обычно употребляется) слово "источник" во фразах вроде пишет Bloomberg со ссылкой на 2 источник..., знаком... с ситуацией? С одной стороны, в этом случае разговор ...
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2, 3 and 4 with feminine nouns denoting animals

I was explaining to a friend how to use nouns with numerals 2, 3 and 4 and figured out that I don't know which of the following two possibilities is correct: 1a. Я вижу две вороны. 1b. Я вижу ...