Questions tagged [pronouns]

Questions about pronouns of all kinds: personal pronouns (me), indefinite pronouns (some), relative pronouns (which) and so on..

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Possessive constructions: "мой" vs. "у меня"

What is the difference between the following sentences: Мой папа в командировке. У меня папа в командировке. How can I explain to foreign students when to use "мой" or "у меня"?
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Why use dative in "Сколько тебе лет"?

In the following sentence: Сколько тебе лет? Why do you use тебе, the dative form of ты? I think this sentence means "How old are you?" but why not say it with genitive, like: Сколько тебя лет?...
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Often 2 variants of feminine instrumental...?

maybe my title needs some work... but I use Wiktionary a lot for declensions, etc and I often see two forms for feminine instrumental adjectives, but my textbook only ever uses, typically, the 'first' ...
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What's the difference between -либо and -нибудь?

The pairs кто-нибудь and кто-либо, когда-нибудь and когда-либо etc. have slight differences in meaning, and each particle is used in specific settings, but I can't quite pinpoint what the difference ...
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"У меня оба часов/обеи часы/обои часы сломались"?

У меня оба часов/обеи часы/обои часы сломались. What' s the correct way of stating the fact that both of my watches are not functioning?
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считывать, считать (heteronyms, AKA heterophones) [closed]

In the Russian language we pronounce the written word считать differently, с-читать или щщитать, depending on what is expressed. (they are heteronyms, also known as heterophones, for English it's ...
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Asking to take photos in Russian

If I want to say "can I take a photo of you (your face)", how should I proceed? Могу снять фото на вас? Могу снять портрет ваш? Or neither of the aforementioned?
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Почему так часто "ничего" а не "ничто"? (Why "ничего" and not "ничто"?)

I understand the declension of что --  it's inanimate/неодушевлённый, so of course it should be Nom: что Acc: что Gen: чего Dat: чему Inst: чем Prep: чём Likewise  кто is animate/одушевлённый, so it ...
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Interrogative pronouns taking different case than it's noun

While reading https://en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/Russian/Interrogative_Pronouns it's not clear to me the following example: He talks about the girl who works there - Он говорит о девушке, которая ...