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The expression сыграть статью

In these verses by Boris Pasternak: На свете былей непочатый край, Ничем не замечательных - тем боле. Не лез бы я и с этой, не сыграй Статьи о ней своей особой роли. I don't understand the ...
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сё or сие as a pronoun

In modern Russian you could say: Это дерево – дуб. Это – дерево. In older times you might have used сей in its neuter form for the first sentence: Сие дерево – дуб. But what was used for the ...
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What's the difference between сфотографи́ровать and снять?

What's the difference between these perfective verbs?
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Ambiguity of personal pronouns

In the following verses by Boris Pasternak: Таким я вижу облик ваш и взгляд. Он мне внушен не тем столбом из соли, from the poem Анне Ахматовой, I don't understand why we have "Он мне внушен&...
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What's the difference between "cъездить" and "поездить"?

What's the difference between the two perfectives "cъездить" and "поездить"?
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Is there any difference made between "мог (могла)", "мог бы (могла бы)", "возможно бы", "возможно было", "возможно было бы" in certain contexts?

If we take the sentence "I could have gone to college, but I decided to take a profitable job on a construction site", I think it could be rendered in Russian as follows: Я мог учиться в ...
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Idiomatic translation of the book title "I Know This Much Is True" into Russian

The phrase “this much” is explained here: https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/272326/what-does-i-know-this-much-is-true-mean The Russian translation of this book title is: "Я знаю что это ...
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How are existence and location expressed in English according to these Russian examples?

What's the difference between the following patterns and how are they rendered in English? Яблоки в холодильнике? В холодильнике яблоки? Есть яблоки в холодильнике? Яблоки в холодильнике есть?
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Why doesn't "I want to go home" use идти?

The Russian for "I want to go home" is "Я хочу домой", which obviously uses хочу (want) but not идти (to go). However, the Russian for "I want home" is also "я хочу ...
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"This" translated as either такой or этот

Could someone explain the circumstance in which one would use такой for "this" instead of one of the forms of этот? Reverso gives me this: такой вид трансформации (this kind of ...
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When to use ваш vs твой vs твоя?

I'm currently going through Section 2 of Russian in Duolingo, and in one unit, it gave me the two phrases "your guest" and "your life". I'm still struggling to understand how the ...
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The verb был followed by another verb

In Цицерон by Fyodor Tyutchev, we have these verses: «Я поздно встал — и на дороге Застигнут ночью Рима был!» My guess is that it means more or less the same as: «Я поздно встал — и на дороге ...
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What syllable of the Russian surname Орлов is stressed?

Is Орлов stressed on the first or second syllable? I checked online again and again but didn't arrive at any conclusive answer. Numerous sources state that the second syllable is stressed, but when I ...
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What case does the preposition "за" take?

Does "за" need to be followed by a particular grammatical case? If not, how do you explain this phrase from a poem: за твоею спиной умолкает в кустах беготня Or is it being used for some ...
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Stress on the verbs like сердить and пустить

Regular verbs that end in и́ть in the infinitive (the stress is on the final syllable) and in ишь in the second person singular, may have a fixed stress (like говори́ть - ты говори́шь) or a non-fixed ...
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Are "работа" and "раб" related?

From this Hacker News discussion, I learned that the Czech word "robota" means "forced labor" and has mostly negative connotations. In Polish, which is a closely related Slavic ...
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Как правильно транскрибировать английское имя Nathan на русский?

Как правильно будет транскрибировать английское имя Nathan на русский? В голове пока что есть три варианта: Нейтан, Нэйтан и Нэтан. При аргументировании правильного на ваш взгляд варианта транскрипции,...
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Колледж vs училище

A Quizlet flashcard set had both these words translated as "college". Maybe different kinds of colleges? Technical school?
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Пунктуация в сложноподчиненном предложении

Почему в предложении «Маргарита не могла бы сказать, из чего сделан повод его коня, и думала, что возможно, что это лунные цепочки и самый конь — только глыба мрака, и грива этого коня — туча, а шпоры ...
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About use of нравиться and понравиться

Textbooks teach that a negative perfective is used to express a failure to do something. This is confusing to me in regard to certain verbs — especially понравиться. In the following sentence: Ма́ма ...
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What is скорбну from a grammatical viewpoint?

In Сонет by Pushkin, we have this verse: Им скорбну мысль Камоэнс облекал Why do we have скорбну and not скобную? I don't understand what скорбну is from a grammatical viewpoint.
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Interpretation of the construction: начать — не + [perfective infinitive]

In Вокзал by Boris Pasternak, we have this verse: Начать — не исчислить заслуг. After начать, I'd expect an infinitive or a noun. I tried to guess what this means and I was wondering whether ...
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Did the vocative once have a different form from the nominative for (almost) all nouns?

Were there once vocative forms, different from nominative forms, of common nouns such as книга, буря, стол, место, мышь, имя, and if so, what were they? I realise that most of these probably died out ...
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Запятые в предложении

Хочешь ли ты, и есть ли у тебя время со мной общаться? Как правильно расставить запятые, и почему?
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The expression буфетный мужик

In Смерть Ивана Ильича by Leo Tolstoy, we have the expression буфетный мужик. I have several related questions: I remember that in some lesson, I said "мужик" to mean "a (19th century) ...
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Can an adverb act as an adjective?

A waiter asks, "Что вы будете пить?" The customer responds, "Просто воду, пожалуйста". If просто is an adverb, why is вода altered?
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Is it true that Russian adjectives always denote a constant quality while participles, temporary?

It is indeed true that distinguishing between Russian adjectives and participles can be very hard. E.g. "жареный картофель" — an adjective; "жаренный с грибами картофель" — a ...
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Is the genitive case used with comparatives?

In the Russian sentence Маленькие дети ходят медленнее взрослых why is взрослых in the genitive case? Is the genitive case always used in comparatives for the thing that is forming the basis of ...
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что такое ирбитнц?

Копаясь в словаре Лопатина, натолкнулся на странное слово Ирбитнц. Поиск в интернете ничего не дал. Кто-нибудь знает, что это такое? lopatin.academic.ru orf.textologia.ru
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Unexpected use of the instrumental case [duplicate]

In the following Russian sentence, why is "весёлым человеком" in the instrumental? Его отец был весёлым человеком.
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If the word "кречет" were a verb, what would its initial form look like?

I think this is a very interesting linguistic problem. A teacher once proposed the following to her class: "Children, let's imagine for a minute that the Russian word "кречет" is a verb....
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Is there a Russian exclamation that would fit the scene below?

I'm writing Russian subtitles for an American film. In one scene, a character says to another: "How ya' doin'?" The second character replies, kind of half-jokingly, "Beats the hell ...
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Rules for forming Verbal Adverbs

I saw different versions for the perfective ones. Perfectives: Masculine past forms ending in -л, remove the - л and add -в(-вши) (the ending -вши is obsolete) Masculine past forms ending in other ...
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Use of 'какой' in a sentence

In the sentence 'в какой стране ты живёшь', I don't understand why 'какой' is in the nominative rather than the prepositional case (like стране). Is this a special use of the interrogative pronouns ...
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Word order: «Я тот же, но без тебя прежним не буду». And would it be correct to use «тобой» and «таким» instead?

Does the sentence «Я тот же, но без тебя прежним не буду» ("I'm the same, but I won't be the same without you") sound natural with the words in that particular order? Also, in this case it ...
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Is the sentence "В комнату вошла женщина и мальчик" grammatically correct?

I'll respect each and every opinion. Today, I saw professionals opting for the following variant: В комнату вошла женщина и мальчик. They say it's totally correct because женщина is a feminine ...
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"Вечно" + отрицание прилагательного

Как правильно писать: вечнонезабытый или вечно незабытый? Вечно неженатый или вечнонеженатый? Similar question for words with this structure. I know that вечнозелёный (without не), for example, is ...
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What does it mean to tell someone to take an implement в зубы and do a task with it?

I recently came across this line: [Father to son upon seeing how messy his room is] —Так, пылесос в зубы, и чтоб через час здесь был порядок как в казарме! Then, researching this idiom online ...
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Instrumental for genitive construction

In a poem by Anna Akhmatova, we read: В таком году произошло бы то-то, А в этом — это: ездить, видеть, думать, И вспоминать, и в новую любовь Входить, как в зеркало, с тупым сознаньем Измены и еще ...
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Breadth of the word "нетство"

Those nobles who attempted to escape from obligatory military service to the Russian Empire, the "нетчики", performed "нетство". I wonder if, with some creativity, "нетство&...
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Animate accusative for countries

In Трава и камни by Boris Pasternak we read: С действительностью иллюзию, С растительностью гранит Так сблизили Польша и Грузия, Что это обеих роднит. I'm surprised by "обеих". I would ...
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What is the etymology of phrase "морского извозчика"

In China, the Netherlands has a very popular nickname: 海上马车夫 (literally: carriage drivers on the sea or sea coachman), it's so popular that it's printed in Chinese high school textbooks. It's also ...
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вспоминать o + the prepositional versus вспоминать + the accusative

Apparently, вспоминать can be followed by о + the prepositional or directly by the accusative. How do I know which construction I should use? Or are both constructions possible in any context? Do they ...
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What does с каре mean? [closed]

I have encountered девочка с каре in a song and девушка с каре in comments on social media. I have absolutely no idea what с каре means. Clarification would be highly appreciated.
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What is the etymology of какаовелла?

Inspired by this question, what is the etymology of какаовелла? The какао part is easy, but what about велла?
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Будущее время для описания прошлых событий - что это за приём в лингвистике?

Рассмотрим небольшой текст, в котором идёт самое обычное перечисление исторических событий: Весной 1820 года Александр Пушкин отправился в Кишинев, в канцелярию главного попечителя колонистов Южного ...
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путеводная нить meaning

What does путоводная нить mean? Here's the sentence: "Путеводной нитью нам служила маленькая тропинка проложенная китайскими охотниками и искателями женьшеня."
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What's the difference between "такой" and "такой же"?

I understand what the word means, but I just can't pin down any difference between the two choices. They seem absolutely identical, but Russian speakers seem to prefer the second version: Это такая ...
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From Фермат to Ферма

In a Russian math book published in 1888, I see that Fermat, whose name today is written as Ферма, appears in the book as Фермат. He is in the book largely because of Fermat's little theorem, now ...
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Как вас зовут or как ваш зовут

If вас = personal pronoun and ваш = possessive pronoun, isn't "your name" possessive?
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