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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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What is function of “чего” in this sentence?

У них есть энтузиазм и искренняя преданность своему делу, чего в целом так недостаёт всей системе. Can someone explain how is "чего" used here after the comma? what is its function?
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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 ...