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Putting a comma to convert a simple sentence to a complex one

Он отправился в море, и наловил там много рыбы. The above sentence is from my essay, and my teacher marked the comma as a punctuation mistake of mine. I strongly disagree with him. Being unable to ...
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Is the construction “если бы она была, то верь, что они успеют” grammatical?

I was taught that hypothetical conditional statements in Russian always require the past tense and the hypothetical marker "бы" both in the main clause and dependent clause, like in the ...
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Is “если есть” a kind of tautology?

Wiktionary says that the word если ("if") originated from есть ли (literally "whether is"): Происходит от стар. естьли (ещё у Карамзина), ср.: укр. єсли, польск. jeśli, др.-...
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Are clauses with “который” restrictive or non-restrictive by default?

Let's consider the following sentence, which I just found in Google as an illustrative example: Наиболее опасные из акул – тигровые акулы, которые обитают в тропических водах. Two interpretations ...
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Different 'number' in verb of relative clause using который

This is in regards to Nicholas J. Brown's New Penguin book, page 336. There, the author offers 3 alternatives, mainly the first 2 to show the difference between который and long-form past passive ...
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Clauses after non-accusative verbs or то

1. A friend of mine wrote я не интересуюсь, кто с кем играет (in a football match). Normally, интересоваться is followed by a word in the instrumental case. When the word is a noun, an adjective or a ...
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Inflection of такой, какой

Within the expression такой, какой must both components be in the same case? Or rather, какой may take another case, according to the content of the second clause? For example: "She's just like she ...
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чтобы for connection between prepositions and verbs

I've always wondered how could I connect a preposition with a verb. Since prepositions require the nouns following them to be declined, I didn't know what change would verbs undergo, since the ...
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Comparative in subordinate clauses

Someone told me that it is incorrect to say "Я не люблю людей, моложе меня". The correct syntax, she said, is "Я не люблю людей, кто моложе меня". I got to know that, when using a comparative ...