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Unexpected use of the instrumental case [duplicate]

In the following Russian sentence, why is "весёлым человеком" in the instrumental? Его отец был весёлым человеком.
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Is the instrumental case used for comparatives?

I'm watching the 1987 James Bond movie The Living Daylights with Russian subtitles. In the scene where Bond first spots the main female character, he says, in English: "Sniper. Two floors up, ...
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Use of instrumental and nominative cases with "быть" and "стать"

I was practicing my Russian with a friend when she wrote the following: "когда я пришёл на фестиваль, народу было не очень много, но позже очереди за едой стали слишком длинные." In this ...
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Instrumental singular declension ба́ня: -ей, why could it also be -ею?

I'm learning declension charts for Russian nouns. Wikipedia shows the first declension chart as follows: Singular Plural Nominative -а -я -ия -ы -и -ии Accusative -у -ю -ию -ы/– -и/-ь -ии/-ий ...
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Почему глагол "управлять" непереходный?

Ведь, действие переходит к объекту. И вопрос "управлять что?" вроде звучит нормально. Например: "Я управляю машину рулем и педалями." – Что управляю? Машину. Чем управляю? Рулем и ...
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What does есть горячим mean?

Here's an excerpt from the discussion on Duolingo French course for Russian speakers : "Я люблю есть горячее." Перевод: J'aime manger chaud. — Вот тоже не поняла почему здесь прилагательное ...
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"Индустрия выдержала удар пандемией" - why instrumental here?

In this sentence: Книжная индустрия выдержала удар пандемией (source) why is пандемия in the instrumental? I understand that the sentence means "The book industry endured (survived) the hit of ...
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Use of the nominative versus the instrumental to convey permanent state [duplicate]

In "A Comprehensive Russian Grammar", Wade states that in the past tense, the nominative case is used to indicate a permanent state, e.g. "По профессии он был ботаник" "By ...
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(A changing?) difference between nominative and instrumental case usage in predicates with быть

I would like to know more about the distinction between the use of the instrumental (творительный) and nominative (именительный) case in the context of a predicate (сказуемое) parts of sentences in ...
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Этот день был долгим, но погода была хорошая!

В конструкции этот день был долгим, прилагательное имя находится в творительном падеже, но вот здесь это был долгий день - в именительном падеже. Пожалуйста, скажите, всегда ли это правда ...
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Which cases are used with быть

I believe that the phrases in Russian for 'I was a student' is Я был студентом (instrumental case) and 'I was not a student' is Я не было студента (genitive case) and 'I am a student' is Я студент (...
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Use of instrumental case in a sentence

In the sentence, "русская культура создавалась веками", why is веками in instrumental case, and how would you translate the sentence? Thank you!
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Instrumental of manner in Russian?

Recently I stumbled accross a definition of how to use the Instrumental in Russian. It is very detailed and lays out very many different possibilities in a systematic way. It talks about the "...
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Preposition "под" (under, implying movement). Why instrumental and not accusative?

«Мальчик идёт под мостом» - «он проходит под лестницей». Why instrumental is used since movement is implied? I thought that instumental is used when the subject of the sentence does not change its ...
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Relative locations with compass points

I was trying to figure out how to say "x kilometers to the north/west/east/south of y". Which of these alternatives is better? Углич находится на двухстах километрах к северу от Москвы Углич ...
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How is "огурец" used here?

Каждый коротышка был ростом с небольшой огурец. I am translating it as every small person was of the size of small cucumber? I am confused about the case, why is cucumber in accusative or ...
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Use of instrumental with был/быть, e.g. "Ты был забавным."

Today the following sentence came up in a chat with a Russian friend: Ты был забавным. Here the adjective is in dative instrumental case, but I would expect it to be in nominative together with the ...
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