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Will an animate Russian noun still remain animate if used to denote an inanimate object?

In Russian, animacy is not a purely syntactic property of a noun; it depends on its semantic context. A classic example is the names of animals, which tend to be inanimate when they refer to them as ...
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How would the word "облако-кочевник" look in the accusative plural?

In compound words which have a modifier noun and a modified noun, the modified noun is what the rest of the phrase has to agree with. It means that when the two nouns have different animacy, like in ...
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Will an animate Russian noun still remain animate if used to denote an inanimate object?

It would be treated as inanimate: Именно так поступил и Джеме Уэлдон, снаряжая в плавание "Пилигрим". Пришлось отказаться от надежды дополна нагрузить "Пилигрим". Many ships bear ...
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