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The usage of иметь

Possession is generally expressed in Russian using у + genitive case. However, in technical contexts the verb иметь is used, e.g., это уравнение имеет решение or этот многочлен имеет один корень. I ...
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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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"Left" and "right" in Russian

On a German page about the Russian language, I learned the words прямо [prjáma] – gerade aus (straight on) направо [napráwa] – rechts (right) налево [naléwa] – links (left) for directions (...
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сдавать/сдать экзамен

During my Russian classes and later, I never felt comfortable with the expressions "to take an exam" and "to pass an exam" as сдавать экзамен and сдать экзамен. It doesn't seem to me like taking an ...
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Which is more appropriate - "просим извинить" or "приносим извинения"?

The context of usage is the following. Someone causes inconvenience to others and wants to seem polite. For example a development company will surround a piece of territory with a fence, start ...
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Where can I find simple usage examples? [closed]

When learning a new word I like to see typical usage examples. The sort of thing you find in a good dictionary. However, even my big old Oxford Russian dictionary had nothing for вовлечь, for ...
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Does “official Russian” language exist?

In the Soviet time, the speech of news-readers on radio and TV was considered a standard of the proper Russian language. The spelling in the newpapers was the standard of written language. To support ...
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When to use the genitive or the accusative in negative sentences

In my Russian course we have learnt that in negative sentences the object is often in the genitive. On the other hand there are situations in which it is correct to use an accusative, and there is ...
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How can "to teach" and "to learn" be translated to Russian?

I know that there are several Russian verbs can be used to translate the English verbs "to teach", "to study", and "to learn", e.g. учить, выучить, научить, учиться, изучать, ... However, I am a bit ...

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