Questions tagged [conjunctions]

Questions about conjunctions. A conjunction is a part of speech that is used to join two words of the same part of speech or two sentences together. Some examples of conjunctions are: "и" (and), "потому что" (because), "то ли ... то ли ..." (either... or ...).

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Сосед in genitive plural

Why is the word сосед declined as соседей instead of соседов since the stem ending is a consonant?
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Doubt about стоит/стоило

I know that сто́ить has several meanings. For example, the sentence сколько стоит? means "How much does it cost". Говорить о религии не стоит means "It's not worth talking about religion". And это ...
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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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Use of implied actions and до того как

So, I am answering a question asking for a definition of самобытная культура. The definition I have given Это культура, которая была в регионе до того как другие [там были]. The action [там были] ...
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Interpretation of the conjunction “a”

I realize that in the following passage, the conjunction a is interpretable as and. If I were translating this into Russian from English, I would have forgone the conjunction altogether and written ...
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Будь: был бычу буду

жить: Ленин жил, жив, будет жить. мыть: Раму мыл, мою, буду мыть. быть: Я был, ____, буду быть?
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What is the difference between “а то” and “а не то”?

What is the difference between "а то" and "а не то"?
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Beginning a sentence with “а”: what's the principle?

I've been trying for some time to put my finger on what makes us choose, in everyday speech, between Где моя сумка? vs. А где моя сумка?, or Мы квартиру покупаем vs. А мы квартиру покупаем. I'm not ...
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Usage of “как бы”

Но когда пришли братья Его, тогда и Он пришел на праздник не явно, а как бы тайно. Whats как бы doing in this sentence (as in function)? Would it be possible to leave it out, without changing the ...
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Difference between “a” and “и”

I'm just not sure what the pattern is for using each, or if there even is one.
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Is there any difference between “потому что” and “потому как”?

Is there any difference in meaning between these two conjunctions? And can someone come up with a sentence where only one of the two can be used? So far, I think that потому как is a more colloquial ...
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Is it standard to omit “что” in “оказывается, что”?

When I was giving a lecture, I was saying бывает, что whenever I wanted to say "It turns out that..." (thinking of it as "It happens that..."), and afterwards someone told me that I should have said ...
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What are the different ways of saying “but”?

I've been told that in Russian, there are at least two ways of saying "but." One is a, and the other is но. They both translate into the same word but (a or но?) they appear to have two somewhat ...
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What is the proper use of the word ли?

My understanding is that it means "whether" in some contexts, but can mean "if" in others. What is the difference in usage? And what might be the difference between ли and Если, assuming that they ...