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Questions tagged [russian-usage]

Now covers questions about the usage of the Russian language in other countries.

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short, long adjective, adverb for two consecutive words

In Nicholas J. Brown's book, The New Penguin Russian Course - A Complete Course for Beginners (1996), there is an exercise (27.5 if it matters) containing a sentence; Девяносто пять процентов тех, ...
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“Хотелось” or “хочу”

1). хотелось = мне хотелось / I wanted 2). хочу = я хочу купить что нибудь для тебя / I want to buy something for you What is the difference between "хотелось" when used in the first scenario v.s. ...
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Why do some people pronounce “о” as “ and some just pronounce ”o“ as ”o"

It makes no sense to me, when I'm listening to Russians on youtube they all do it either way, another thing If i choose to do most of my o’s as a’s will others who dont still understand me?
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Difference Between and when to select which when they fuse. “меня” V.S “я”

I am not only confused with the overall definition and distinction between "меня" and "я" but also when to use which when 2 different phrases containing one of them each merge together. As an example:...
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When to use which with “не” / “ нет”

Why is the word "не" used in the phrase: "мне не нравится"= "I Don't Like" But on the contrary "нет" is used in this one: "у меня нет"= "I Don't Have" Is it a rule that Always "мне" goes with "не" ...
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How would I say “of the silk road” as in a male dog or horse or cat from the silk road?

How would I say "of the silk road" as in a male dog or horse or cat from the Silk Road? By "the Silk Road" I mean the ancient general route or area stretching from Russia, Central Asia and China. E....
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Kamchadalskii dialect

The native people of southern Kamchatka are Itelmen. The arrival of Russian men around 1700 created a mixed group called Kamchadals. By 1800, the Itelmen languages were mostly extinct and the Russian ...
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Need to recognize first name and last name

I need to recognize the first name and last name of a Russian man SEIDOV CHARY which is first, which is last?
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How do you write a featuring artist into a song title

In English there is a convention where you can include featured artists of a song in the song's title using the format: [Song Title] feat. [Featured Artist] What is the equivalent of this in ...
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How do you say “I belive in you!” in russian? [closed]

It has to be 30 characters that's why this is here. And i mean "in you" not that i believe you.
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What are the Latin Transliterations of Hard Consonants Converted to Soft Consonants?

I have been studying Russian recently and I have come across a problem that I have been trying to resolve for some time now which involves the softening of consonants. I understand that there are ...
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“Быть” with tenses, gender, number but in affirmative sentences

A homework question, exactly quoted, В этот период у нас было много неожиданных трудностей. but in reviewing my previous question, When to use 'не было' and 'не будет' regardless of ...
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What are the rules of the locative case?

I understood the first time I heard about the locative that it was usually reserved for monosyllabic masculine nouns (ex. чай, дом, сок) with exceptions (кровь, дверь). However, I recently saw that на ...
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clarification on the proper form of a possessive pronoun

Simple question at the end of my textbook (finally)... I'm supposed to provide the proper form for a possessive pronoun in the blank: Где ____ машина! Вы видели ____ машину? Нет, я не видел ____ ...
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Очередь на Серова (=выставку Серова): A specific type of metonymy?

I'm wondering, if anybody knows, what is this type called and if there are theoretical studies and/or monographies about contexts, in which these forms could be particulary used (проходим Пушкина (=...
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Difference between царь and король?

The only sites answering this question are in Russian text, so I wanted to ask it here.
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Training books or sites [duplicate]

I'm new to Russian and started learning it about 2 or 3 months ago. Till now I've been using Duolingo to learn Russian, and as you may all know, Duolingo is not the site for 'Grammar' and I had to ...
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“for the benefit of”, на благо vs для?

I've learned that when using "for", when meaning "benefit from", you would use "для + gen". But I've also just learned "на благо", meaning the same thing. Are they synonyms? How are they different?
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City name change when used in sentence?

I use Google to translate 2 sentences involving 2 cities (Liman-Лиман, Kamyzyak-Камызяк): The distance from Liman to Kamyzyak. The distance between Liman and Kamyzyak. Расстояние от Лиман до ...
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“Я в состоянии” vs “я способен”?

I've come across я в состоянии плавать, I can (am able) to swim, and я способен, I can (am able)... How are both of these used?
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Need help with declarative sentence

How would you translate this sentence: "Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov the director of Burnt by the Sun" I thought it would be: " <<Утомленные солнцем>> директора - Никита Сергеевич Михалов " ...
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Phrase meaning “ты мой золотой”

I have been chatting with someone for a while now and she used the phrase “ты мой золотой” we have met before but currently we are in different country. My question is what does this phrase stand for? ...
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Correct pronounciation of vowels and soft/hard consonants

I have read in several places online that it would be wrong to use the terms "soft vowels" and "hard vowels", and instead it's more correct to call them vowels which indicate a preceding soft/hard ...
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“She wants him to like her.” - Where is “her”?

I saw this sentence in Charles E Townsend's, Continuing with Russian, Она хочет ему нравиться. She wants him to like her (in general). and I wondered where the 'her' was. If it was a little ...
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What's the difference between доброе, добрый and доброй? [closed]

Also, is there a difference between "спокойной ночи" and "доброй ночи"?
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Which это? Particle or Special Adjective/Pronoun

In the sentence, "But that's not true." I see a translation as "Но это не правда." I know 'правда' is feminine so it seems that the 'это' being used is the indeclinable particle, and not the ...
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What is the difference between “мои” , “моя”, “мой”? [duplicate]

My curiosity I have started learning Russian. While i read some articles they specified same meaning for different word. Can any one clarify my doubt and guide me in right path?
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Как сказать “лихие девяностые” на английском? [closed]

I honestly don't know. Gave it some thought, but best i could come up with is Roaring 90s,Dashing 90s? Those familiar with a term - what do you think?
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Can ппц word use for a good manner?

What it means in Russian " ого ппц! милый." Imagine one girl write this as an answer to her friend who sent Justin Bieber video when he is singing in a car. I want to understand here also full ...
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Уместно ли продолжение речи автора после приведения цитаты?

Как Вы считаете, уместна ли такая конструкция: В предложении 24 говорится: "Родину надо защищать", - и это свидетельствует о патриотическом настрое Кузьмы. Предложение от балды. Интересует именно ...
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case of pronoun changes adverb to/from predicative

First, there are not so many tags, right? Now, I notice two sentences; Ему интересно учить русский язык. Learning Russian is interesting to him. Он интересно учит русский язык. He learns Russian ...
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Выставка фотографов, или Выставка фотографий?

Наткнулся на фразу "Выставка фотографов". Это вообще правильно? Так можно сказать, когда речь идёт о "Выставке работ фотографов"? Если так можно сказать, то почему? Ведь фраза меняет свой смысл. И ...
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Use of “абсолютно” as negative sentence-word response

Based on a limited sample of native Russian-speaking friends, I've come to understand that the adverb "абсолютно" used as a sentence-word in a response is synonymous with "no" as in: -- Неужели Вы ...
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Equivalent letter for H in Russian?

I want to pronounce and write the word 'Hindustan'. What is the equivalent letter for 'H'? FYI: I am getting into first step of learning. Thanks
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Знаешь его брата - is 'его' in genitive and 'брата' in accusative?

There is this simple sentence I don't quite understand, grammatically; Он думает, ты знаешь его брата. He thinks you know his brother. So based on things like, Ivan's dog = The dog of Ivan собака ...
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Differences between Чей/Чья and Кого

If you want to make a question related to possession, when is it preferable to use Чей/Чья ...? and when is it better to use Кого...? ? Are both options grammatically correct? Thank you!
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Difference between “пиар”, “реклама” and “пропаганда”

Over the last decade words with the root "пиар" ("пиар-компания", "пиар-технологии", "пиар-акция", "чёрный пиар", "пиарить") became quit popular on Russian media. In this regard, I would be interested ...
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“В ночном небе нет комет, Вся планета в мире снов.”

I can understand the first part of the sentence, it is: There is no comet in the night sky. But the second part confuses me, how to translate this part? is снов the genitive case? It comes from ...
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“У папы есть вопросы” or “у папы вопросы”?

On Duolingo, I was asked to construct the sentence, "Dad always has questions." The correct answer was "У папы всегда есть вопросы." I got it wrong since I left out есть but I was wondering if this ...
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Expressions for living one's life

I've seen expressions for living one's life expressed with the accusative: Она жила спокойную жизнь, as well as with the instrumental: Пока другие люди жили своей жизнью... Is there any difference ...
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Is there a Russian equivalent of “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk?

Do Russian writers have an equivalent style guide or list of guides, which outline key concepts for writing well in Russian?
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Does “Zzz” (sleep) have the same meaning in Russian?

Onomatopoetic "Zzz" is well known in languages that use the Latin alphabet. It means "sleep" in many languages. Is this also the case in Russian? Can "Ззз" be used to symbolize sleep?
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Why “чьи это книги” and not “чьи эти книги”?

why write Чьи это книги? instead of Чьи эти книги?
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difference between прежде чем and до того как

What's the difference between using "Прежде чем я ушёл...." and "До того как я ушёл"? I'm fascinated by fine nuances and idiosyncracies and I have noticed that kavkaz people seem to favor "зачем" ...
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Communicate to Russians with only Latin alphabet

I play a mobile game that has a number of Russians in my guild. I can type out what they say in Google Translate, but on my phone I only have the Latin A-Z available. I know I could go get a Russian ...
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Whats the meaning of the phrase “Всякую хню”

I'm not sure if the meaning is offensive or not. Somebody wrote me in a game chat and there's nothing meaningful in google translate for "ХНЮ" while "ВСЯКУЮ" translated for "ANY".
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How to differntiate with “кого” и “кому”

How do I know when should I use мне или меня тебе тебя?
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“How are you” differences

I have seen that there are certain ways to say 'how are you' in Russian. I understand the part where there is a formal you and an informal one. I also understand that they are conjugated differently. ...
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Formatting standard measurments

My team is working on a software for parsing Russian text / documents. I am completely new to Russian language hence posting this question. My questions are: How do we represent standard metric ...
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Аналог словаря Макмилана для изучающих русский язык

Для изучающих английский язык существует отличный ресурс -- словарь Макмилана. В нем приводится куча разной лексики с поясниями, примерами употребления и т.д. Кто-нибудь знает хороший аналог, но для ...