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Using written е instead of ë

It is perfectly acceptable in modern Russian and you will rarely find any materials with consistently spelt Ё. The letter Ё has a difficult history: it was never really obligatory. I prefer to ...
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What is the difference between "всё" and "все"?

всё can be spelled все, when it's possible to distinguish two words using available context. всё (with Ё) is used when referring to neuter gender singular nouns: всё время (compare masculine весь ...
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Why in the russian often used "все точки над И" but not "все точки над Ё"?

This is a historical phrase. Before 1918 there were two kinds of letter и - и and і. At that time ink was used to write and dots over i were put after all the letters in the word is written completely....
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Pronunciation of "лёгкий" and "легкий"

Letter ё is optional, it is usually replaced by е. We have a number of questions about this letter on this site, for example: Using written е instead of ë, Is 'ё' a distinct letter, or is ...
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Why "пишешь", "пишем", "пишете", not "пишёшь", "пишём", "пишёте"

Ё changes into non-stressed "е" after ш and ж. You get same result with лизать: Я лижу, ты лижешь, мы лижем. When the word is one-syllable, so it's obviously stressed, it remains Ё. Although I can ...
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«Да святится имя Твое» or «Да святится имя Твоё»?

The liturgical language of Russian Orthodox Church is not Russian but Church Slavonic. Church Slavonic is a codified version of Old Church Slavonic, which technically is not even a direct ancestor of ...
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С днём рождения или с днем рождения?

They are both the same, except that in most cases, Russians write "e" instead of "ë", because they instinctively know when to pronounce it which way. So even though one is spelled днём and the other ...
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What is the difference between "ребенок" and "ребёнок"?

The only difference is the way of writing the word. In modern written Russian it is quite often acceptable to write е instead of ё, especially when there is no confusion in meaning, and ребенок is ...
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Is there really "йа" and "йо" in Russian writing?

Yes, both йа and йо are used in russian writing. They are used mostly in loaned words. Йа (and its counterpart ьа) are used when transcribing foreign proper names only: Брайан, Гайана, Майами, ...
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Using written е instead of ë

This is actually a subject of "holy wars" between Russians. Some people insist that using ё must be mandatory, because replacing it by е can change the meaning of a sentence. The most famous example: ...
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«Да святится имя Твое» or «Да святится имя Твоё»?

In the church they traditionally pronounce it with "е": https://youtu.be/-cueR_3HVR0 (1:25). By the way, Wikipedia has an entry for this. There you can find several versions of the text (from ancient ...
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Why in the russian often used "все точки над И" but not "все точки над Ё"?

This proverb is an adaptation of French "mettre les points sur les i et les barres sur les t". Before the reform of Russian orthography in 1918 there was a letter "i" in Russian alphabet ("и ...
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Difference in pronunciation between "вce" and "вcё"?

These words actually have both different meanings and different pronunciation. Transcriptions are the following: Все - [ф с' э] Всё - [ф с' о]
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Pronunciation of Spelling Rule "е" vs "о" vs "ё"?

but what about when it is unstressed? for example: хорошЕе There's no soft "ш" in modern Russian, so "е" works just like "э" here: "харошэйэ". Some historical or dialect pronounce may differ. Also,...
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Why isn't почтальо́н spelled почталён?

почтальон is pronounced [поч'тал'й'он] почталён would be pronounced [поч'тал'он] which is different. почтальён would be pronounced the same way as почтальон. The reason why it is not spelled this ...
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What are all the times where "е" changes to "ё"?

Short answer for Russian language learners There are no simple rules to detect where Russian letter е should be read as ё (i. e. /jo/ or /ʲo/), as well as there are no rules to detect which syllable ...
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Why isn't почтальо́н spelled почталён?

The sounds [ɵ]/[jɵ], which are now denoted by the letter ё, were not present in Church Slavonic and a letter to denote them was not there in Cyrillic before late XVIII century. By the time it was ...
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Difference in pronunciation between "вce" and "вcё"?

Listen to audios, or read IPA transcriptions, at the wiktionary article for все. The first one is the pronuncation of все, the secons one is pronuncation of всё. Note that in Russian ё is often ...
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What is the difference between "ребенок" and "ребёнок"?

Ребёнок = Ребенок, there is no difference. Russian vowels are paired this way: а - я [а - йа] о - ё [о - йо] у - ю [у - йу] э - е [э - йэ] ы - и [ы - и] Letter ё sounds differently from e, they ...
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What is the difference between "ребенок" and "ребёнок"?

е and ё is a equal in most times, but in official documents, passports and other this difference have big value (and make big problems, if in password ё and in other documents - е). ё used as ...
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Is there really "йа" and "йо" in Russian writing?

There are plenty of such words; your Майами, or Айова, are examples. However, I am not aware of any words of Slavic origin containing йа or йо; rather, they are loanwords, whether new or old-...
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Pronunciation of Spelling Rule "е" vs "о" vs "ё"?

You should notice that 'ё' is always stressed. If it is not stressed it becomes 'е' everywhere, both in writing and pronunciation.
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What is the difference between "всё" and "все"?

"все" means everything, anything, everybody, everyone, anyone "всё" means all For example "Всем пока" goodbye everyone "Всё готово" all done
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What is the difference between "всё" and "все"?

To be short: Все - means "everyone". Всё - "everyting". But there are a lot of exceptions. You say "все" about something you can count. "У меня есть все чашки" - "I have all the cups"; And you say "...
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What is the difference between "всё" and "все"?

A small addendum about substitution and context. In texts for language learners ё should always be used. However, if you look into texts by native speakers, esp. into somewhat literature-based texts ...
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Is there really "йа" and "йо" in Russian writing?

Actually you may see both variants of writing: Майами and Маями. Майами - is official name, however, some people may also use Маями. It's just a problems of transliteration names from one language to ...
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Why in the russian often used "все точки над И" but not "все точки над Ё"?

When Russians use that proverb they mean not the cyrillic letter И, but latin or old cyrillic i. The reason may lie in the fact that letter Ё is very often being used without dots, like Е. UPD: ...
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Why isn't почтальо́н spelled почталён?

"the same sound as "ьо" No. There are separate, while in practice related, effects to be considered there: short pause after the consonant before the vowel. The separation between two sounds. ...
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Pronunciation of Spelling Rule "е" vs "о" vs "ё"?

Why doesn't Russian have an additional letter for soft o, or just write "ио" or "ьо" instead of "е/ё"? I think this is because of historical reasons. "Ё" was suggested in 1783 by non-linguists to ...
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С днём рождения или с днем рождения?

It's generally the same, however it's best to always write "ё" no matter which word includes it. Also, remember to have capital letters: С Днём Рождения
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