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Omitting чтoбы in certain contexts

So I was talking with a friend and he said: У мeня нeт дeнeг плaтить зa нaшe cвидaниe I asked him if I could use чтoбы, and he said that also sounded fine. So is there a rule for the situations ...
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Why is «Какого цвета» in genitive case?

I came across the sentence «Какого цвета платье?» today. I would've assumed that «Какого цвета» would be in the nominative case and was confused to see this construction. Is there a grammatical rule/...
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How do I parse this popular linguistic joke in Russian?

There is a popular example of a syntactically ambiguous phrase in Russian sometimes used as a linguistic joke: Возьмём предложение Косой косой косил косой косой и попробуем определить все возможные ...
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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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Один из + enumerated parts of different genders

What would be the best way to render this sentence in Russian so that it doesn't become clumsy and tautological? This is one of the main services and features of the product. The problem here is ...
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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 ...