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Questions about the spelling of words. The spelling is the process of writing or naming the letters of a word.

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Why is the COVID-19 vaccine called "Спутник V", not "Спутник В"?

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology is called "Спутник V". Per the English-language Wikipedia page, the "V" is the ...
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Why does the word "один" drop the "и" for its feminine and neuter forms?

The masculine form of "one" is "один," but it is "одна" and "одно" for the feminine and neuter, respectively. Why? In other words, why isn't it "одина&...
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Kaliningrad ... may it be referred to as Kalinograd?

Kaliningrad is the Russian exclave sandwiched in between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic coast. Every time I think of it I find myself saying "Kalinograd" because in English usage ...
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Почему Йорк а не Ёрк?

Если пишется "ёж" и "ёлка", то почему "Йорк", а не "Ёрк"? И наоборот.
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Do you transliterate service names?

Is it usual to use Latin or Cyrillic letters to spell the names of companies, online services etc.? For example, do you say разговаривать по Зуму or по Zoom? If the answer depends on the individual ...
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How is the choice made by Nicholas II between "также" and "так же" in his Language Manifesto of 1900 correct?

In his Language Manifesto of 1900, Nicholas II of Russia wrote: Вмѣстѣ съ тѣмъ приняты во вниманіе потребности частныхъ лицъ, коимъ и впредь обезпечена возможность обращаться въ правительственныя ...
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Как правильно намеренно удлинить гласную в беллетристике?

Допустимо ли в художественной прозе применять дефис там, где автор хочет акцентировать внимание читателя на растянутом персонажем произношении слов, например: "на-а-много" для длинной "а"? Может быть, ...
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What's the reason for the change from "-аго" to "-oго"?

Таяніе снѣга въ сѣверной части Ладожскаго бассейна... This sentence is taken from a book published in 1908. I understand that the spelling reform of 1917 simplified things by reducing the number of ...
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Why was it decided in 1956 to abolish the spelling чорт (devil) in favor of чёрт?

I read in Wiktionary: чорт This spelling of the word was officially abolished in 1956 in favor of чёрт and is no longer in use. Both variants are pronounced identically. (Source) I see in Ngram ...
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Why is the Turkish president's surname spelt in Russian as Эрдоган, with г?

I recently got puzzled as to why the Russian journalists spell the surname of the current Turkish president as Эрдоган, with г. We spell his surname as エルドアン, which does not include any sound similar ...
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А в свою очередь это делает то-то [closed]

Нужно ли тире перед это: А в свою очередь это делает то-то
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Why is the negated adjective written separately here?

I am struggling to see the distinction despite a native trying to explain it to me. Consider the following example: – Игорь, Гарик, вы продолжаете работать на поиске вампирши. – Шеф будто от- несся к ...
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Why did ten-based numerals such as пятьдеся́т lose the final soft sign of десять?

The ten-based numerals пятьдеся́т, шестьдеся́т, се́мьдесят and во́семьдесят all ditch the final soft sign of де́сять and what decline as if they still retained it. If the declension remains unaffected,...
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The cases where "о" is pronounced as "a" [duplicate]

I'm working on Russian pronunciation and I have come across a couple of words containing letter о. зовут is pronounced as zavut хорошая is pronounced as xaroshaya There are lots of such words where ...
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Why use Г in for example Горизонт and not for example Х? [duplicate]

I am just a happy beginner in Russian language, but to my ears Х sounds closer to H than Г. Does anyone know why words like Horizon (Горизонт) choose Г instead? Is there some historic explanation ...
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Ruble & Currency delimiters

On many a website from Russia and Belarus I can see prices on products displayed as: 212,00 p. I've added a screen shot as well. Is the price 212 rubles or is it a shortening or a delimiter of ...
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Почему "Венера", а не 'Венус"?

In Latin, Венера is Venus. A similar word "corpus" is translated as "корпус", not as "корпора" (or "корпор" if we take its gender into account). Why is then Venus not Венус?
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в чдачах и в нечдачах

А есть на этойм плакате несколько слов, незнакомые мне, и которых не найдётся б в словарях. Суть в чдачах и в нечдачах (разве это просто опечатка? имелось слово "удачах" ввиду?) чничтожим (разве это ...
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Кавказ - Закавказье, Урал - Зауралье, Алтай -?

Как правильно написать это слово? Какие будут варианты? UPDATE: Спасибо за ответы и комментарии. Хочу пояснить, что вопрос про орфографию, а не про географию. Сформулирую точнее: Как писать слова,...
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Твердый знак или мягкий знак в слове "бьём" / "бъём"?

Как правильно пишется слово 'бЬем' или 'бЪем' - с мягким знаком или c твердым знаком? Я нашел некоторые ненадежные подтверждения в силу использования 'Ь', но словарь T9 на телефоне постоянно норовит ...
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"Радио" or "ра́дио"

I was wondering which is the correct form. радио or ра́дио ? I mean I've seen people writing both of them. And I've also seen many letters with this accent above the a. Is it necessary? Which spelling ...
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Why isn't почтальо́н spelled почталён?

As far as I understand, the letter "ё" is used to write the same sound as "ьо" only when the corresponding "о" is stressed. In почтальо́н we have "ьо" and the "о" is also stressed -- so isn't this ...
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How can I transliterate a name in modern Russian characters to Slavonic?

In an earlier question, I was misusing Google translate to try to get the spelling of a word, and I was pointed to http://translit.cc which would directly furnish spelling instead of trying to guess a ...
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Is there a difference between "эго" and "это" or the are the same?

I have 2 questions about the same words: 1. Is there a difference between эго and это or the are the same? (I've noticed that the uses of both is almost in the same context, and I suspect that ...
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When is it necessary to use a capital letter in the beginning of the sentence?

In English we have to use a capital letter in the following cases: Beginning of sentence Names (people or places) Pronoun first-person singular (I) What are the rules for capital letters in Russian ...
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Где узнать о правилах русского языка?

Где узнать о правилах русского языка, актуальных на данный момент? В инженерном деле когда речь идёт о формальностях, например о правилах искусственного языка (например для написания компьютерных ...
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Why "Гиппократ" but "ипподром"?

Both these words have Greek origin, specifically: Гиппократ (Hippocrates) comes from ίππος (horse) + κρατώ (I hold) = The one who holds the horses. Ипподром (horse-race track) comes from ίππος (...
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Why is "томат" spelt without an "o" at the end?

I'm trying to understand how spelling works in Russian. Why does "томат" lack an "o" at the end, when some other words which I assume are derived from European loanwords, such as "пианино" or "метро", ...
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how to spell mister [closed]

How do you spell mister in russian?
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What is the correct Russian spelling of "Trump"? [closed]

What is the correct Russian spelling of the last name of the US President-elect, Donald Trump? I've seen both Трамп and Трумп. Which is correct?
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Почему Париж пишется через "ж"?

Я бы ожидал либо Парис либо Пари (согласно французскому произношению).
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English equivalent of "й"

Lets say we have a Russian name which contains "й" and we want to write it in English. For example Николай. The right way to spell it in English should be Nikolay or Nikolai? Same for Dmitrii / ...
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Capitalization of *бог, боже, господь, господи* [duplicate]

Would you be so kind to explain what the rule of capitalizing the above mentioned words is? What I am sure of is the fact that in exclamations like боже мой, о,господи we don't capitalize such words, ...
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Pronunciation of Spelling Rule "е" vs "о" vs "ё"?

"Never write unstressed 'o' after the letters, ж, ч, ш, щ, ц, instead use 'e'" So are we supposed to still pronounce it like an "o"? I know that the answer is yes when the vowel is stressed, for ...
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«По» со сложными наречиями

В эту минуту рядом проходил какой-то знатный вельможа, — шляпа Тома Ивза слетела с его головы, и он бросился вперед с поклоном и улыбкой. Это доказывало, что и он тоже знает свет — по-своему, по ...
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Дочерний интерфейс: подъинтерфейс, подинтерфейс, или подынтерфейс?

В программировании (как наверняка многие здесь знают) есть понятие "класс" и "дочерний класс", но более логично называть последнее "подклассом". И по мимо этого есть понятие интерфейс. До сих пор я ...
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Как правильно писать вне-игровой, внеигровой или вне игровой

Как правильно писать вне-игровой, внеигровой или вне игровой
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Writing "o" or "a"

Please tell me if there are any rules for writing "o" or "a" in a Russian word. Meaning, if a pronounced word has many "a" how do you know if any of them and which one of them is written as "o"(...
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Как вы запоминаете побуквенное правописание слов | How do you remember the letter by letter spelling of words

Русский использует другой алфавит, чем я, так что если я хочу знать написание привет, например, правописание этого слова, а не произношение на английском, что я должен делать? Translation: Russian ...
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"Нечищеный" или "нечищенный"

Согласно информации о правописании бесприставочных прилагательных и причастий с -н- и -нн-, которую я нашел в Интернете, прилагательные должны писаться с -н-, а причастия - с -нн-. Например, чищеный ...
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How could I have gotten the Cyrillic spelling of Vladyka?

I'm not sure that this is exactly a Russian language question as technology and languages, but... I was looking for the Cyrillic spelling of "Vladyka", and the Google Translate iPhone app doesn't ...
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Быть на верху блаженства vs быть наверху блаженства

According to this source one should write На верху блаженства According to this source (from the same site) one should write Наверху блаженства I wonder, what is correct? My hypothesis: Быть ...
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Russianization of Ancient Greek personal names

Can anyone shed some light onto the process by which (masculine) personal names of the Ancient Greek world were Russianized? With some notable exceptions (Homer, Aristotle, Hadrian, et al.), English ...
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Писать местоимение "вы" с малой или большой буквы?

Мне когда-то кое-кто сказал, что писать "Вы" с большой буквы - подобострастно. Но я видел несколько раз, что пользователи этого сайта пишут это слово именно с большой буквы. Как на самом деле? /...
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Pronunciation of "лёгкий" and "легкий"

I read in Pushkin's Дружба the word "легкий", an adjective meaning "slight". There's even an interesting thread on Russian S.E. about the modern pronouciation of the word. I ...
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Correct form of the expression "Ни рыба ни мясо"

While it would seem logically that the popular expression "ни рыба ни мясо"--meaning roughly "neither here nor there"--should have both nouns in genitive, a quick Google search reveals that the more ...
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Russian words in cyrillic that look like english words?

Ie words like COP or HAM which have a similar spelling but a totally different meaning in russian or in english. Can you provide the back translation of the russian?
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What's the correct way хочу пиво vs хочу пива

What's the correct ending in this situation? я хочу пиво vs я хочу пива О or А? I think it should be А because it's genitive.
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Как правильно: змееед или змееяд?

В русском языке есть слово, оканчивающееся на три "е" подряд: "длинношеее". По поводу еще одного слова с тремя "е" подряд - "змееед" в интернете ведутся споры. Некоторые утверждают что слова "змееЕд"...
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Is there a word that sound like сёк?

I'm doing a little project comparing Russian hard and soft sounds. A source tells me that сок means juice, which I believe is correct. This source also tells me that there's a word that sounds like ...
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