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Can a prepositional phrase precede ли?

Yes, as far as the ли positioning rule is concerned, "у неё" counts as a single unit. Your sentence as it is doesn't make much sense ("He knows whether she has the ticket"). It ...
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депутат followed by a feminine name

In this case the main subject is name Марина Таубер. Also, in Russia we use a lot of profession names as an gender-neutral, like in case of "депутат". You can say "заявила депутат" ...
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депутат followed by a feminine name

Many profession names lack well-established, free of demeaning connotations feminitives. Депутатка, писательница, поэтесса, докторша don't sound quite as honourable as their masculine counterparts ...
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How polite is the sentence "Вы не скажете, где лифт?" which is asked using negation?

I'm a native Russian speaker (and I don't speak English well). I will duplicate my comment, mostly using Chat GPT (but with some correction). In Russian, "не" is a regular particle for ...
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How polite is the sentence "Вы не скажете, где лифт?" which is asked using negation?

Я нативный русскоязычный (и плохо говорю по-английски). Простите, что пишу по-русски. Я продублирую комментарий через Chat GPT, но если вы изучаете русский, вам может быть интересно, как мы говорим о ...
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How polite is the sentence "Вы не скажете, где лифт?" which is asked using negation?

My doubt is how often Natives use such sentences using negation for asking or requesting in spoken Russian? All the time. What is the level of politeness in this sentence? It's the baseline level ...
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Difference in meaning using у with or without есть

It's actually the other way around. У Анны есть деньги means "Anna has money". Depending on context, it might mean that she's wealthy, or that she has enough money for something, or that she ...
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Why is it wrong to say/ write "иностранец мне показывал свой паспорт" rather than "иностранец показывал мне свой паспорт"

As Russian has flexible word order, the following sentences should mean the same. "Flexible word order" doesn't mean that the order of words conveys no meaning whatsoever. It means that the ...
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Why is it wrong to say/ write "иностранец мне показывал свой паспорт" rather than "иностранец показывал мне свой паспорт"

Both versions are correct, but the second is more natural. While Russian indeed has a flexible word order, some word orders are more natural than others. As a native Russian speaker (but not a ...
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How to parse the expression "в уровень кадке с"?

It means "with the back of my head at the level with the philodendron pot". Кадка с филодендроном means, literally, "(a) pot with (a) philodendron (in it)" В уровень is a set ...
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