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Moving the subject of the sentence into a dangling participle

This statement is not quite ungrammatical, but it's definitely not a neutral writing and speaking style either. It is parsable and comprehensible, but it abuses the relatively lax Russian word order ...
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When can I omit the word "есть"?

In this particular case it would not be an oversimplification to say that this forms are interchangeable and one can easily encounter in casual usage, say, у меня есть две кошки and у меня две кошки. ...
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When to use which with "есть"?

These two "есть" are homonyms. Есть like "to eat " and есть like "to own, possess,have". For choosing just consider the context. In case of possession we can use the verb or leave it out. And in most ...
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Where to put ли if no verb is given?

Как знать, это ли правда? First of all, "как узнать". "Как знать" is valid but means doubt: "it's impossible to know". Why? Because you can't "знать" before you "узнать" and you're not doing that. ...
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What is meant by "repeated" words?

This means the highest degree of a quality denoted by an adverb. To use an awkward equivalent just for the sake of illustration полным-полнО is full to the fullest. давным-давно - a very long time ...
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How to parse the expression "И речи быть не может"?

A1. Both "быть может" and "может быть" indeed mean 'perhaps/maybe', although those phrases are completely unrelated to "и речи быть не может". A2. The phrase does mean 'smth. is out of the question'. ...
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«С++ программист» или «программист С++»?

Я бы написал: Иван Петров, программист на С++ Иван Петров, программист на Java и т.д. Сравните: игра на пианино - пианист игра на гитаре - гитарист и т.д. Но если специального слова нет, то: игра ...
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Verb быть in past tense sentence inversions: был, была or было?

Sometimes the agreement of verb predicates with subjects is governed by rather complex rules. With two or more subjects and one predicate, the general rules are: (a) When the predicate follows the ...
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Order of adverbs and position of subject

Russian word order is very flexible. ^ That's probably the most appropriate answer here. How far should Я, ТЫ МЫ ... be from the verb? Well, it could be really far. Быстро, споро, экстремально, ...
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What is meant by "repeated" words?

Actually, all those phrases are idiomatic, and their list is restricted. Белым-бело is about snow outdoors, темным-темно and черным-черно are about the darkness in the night, or just in a dark place, ...
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How to parse the expression "И речи быть не может"?

Literally, об этом не может быть и речи translates as 'it even cannot be spoken of [not to say about doing it]' (и works like 'even' here). The phrase denies the slightest possibility of doing ...
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Why is "лишь" interposed in "одних лишь жадных женщин"?

The numeral одни(х) is used here in the meaning только, so the word combination is equivalent in sense to "только лишь" where the two words are close synonyms and express almost the same meaning. They ...
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Do Russian infinitives need to be at the end of the sentence as is the case in German?

In short, (almost) everything is permitted in Russian. However, every word order is different from another. As the rule of the thumb, the last word is more important, so "идти не хочу" mostly ...
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How do you tell which noun an adjective is modifying?

Your translation is incorrect, "свободное" is free, an adjective, not a noun, freedom, which is "свобода". In modern Russian the majority of adjectives indeed precedes nouns, so one will say "наше ...
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Moving the subject of the sentence into a dangling participle

Russian does allow for a lot of flexibility with word order but moving the subject from the main clause to the subordinate clause is pushing its limits unto the ungrammatical zone. This can occur in ...
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Word order: "я сказал тебе" or "я тебе сказал"?

Я тя спросил... Я те сказал Please note that, unlike in Serbian, such clitics in Russian are thought to be of particularly low style. Yes, sometimes people say so, but I don't recommend you to use ...
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When can I omit the word "есть"?

Есть is generally used where English applies the indefinite article to the object, 'a or an'. Where English would apply the definite article 'the' есть is usually omitted. For example: У доктора есть ...
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Significance of word order in "Привет мой друг" or "Привет друг мой"

Yes, it's rather a convention. Changes of word order convey shades of meaning and are used for emphasis of certain elements within a sentence. The direct order of мой друг makes the phrase sound ...
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Concessive phrases and word order--of the type "Сколько бы ни... и.тп"

There is no strict rule and no "Correct" word order in such cases. The only thing I can get from top of my mind - the "asking" word (Как, Сколько, в какое, к какому) is always on the first place. And ...
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Where to put ли if no verb is given?

Ли is Wackernagel's clitic, which means it goes after the first fully-stressed word of the sentence (not after the verb, as you say). It tends to move before itself the "question's focus" - if no ...
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Where to put ли if no verb is given?

This is a complex sentence with a yes/no question in a subordinate clause. We usually put an interrogative conjunction "ли" after the meaningful word, which bears the main information in the sentence,...
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Word order: "я сказал тебе" or "я тебе сказал"?

There are really no clitics here. But there is a subtle difference between the first word order and the second. "Я сказал тебе" is a little bit more neutral, as "тебе" is a direct object and it should ...
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Order of adverbs and position of subject

Russian word order is very flexible. The relationships between parts of the Russian sentence are shown by the endings of words. So, because of words endings, the parts of the Russian sentence can go ...
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Word order in questions with adjectival (determinative) pronouns

I would like you to read the answers on this question which seems to be similar to yours Order of adverbs and position of subject. The word order in a Russian sentence is very flexible. You shouldn't ...
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Does word order influence the meaning of this sentence?

The то isn't a demonstrative neuter gender pronoun "that", it's a conjunction, and it's paired with если: если ..., то ... – "if ..., then ...". Если расскажешь всё, то я тебя отпущу. – "If you ...
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How to parse the expression "И речи быть не может"?

First, и речи быть не может or не может быть и речи is an idiom. It means "out of question". See more here. What follows is an attempt to parse this idiom and explain why did it get this meaning. In ...
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Why is "лишь" interposed in "одних лишь жадных женщин"?

If we read the phrase aloud, it sounds rhytmical. So, it can be either a line of a poem/song, or a phrase from the direct speech of a character. And if you put лишь first, the rhythm breaks. ...
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«С++ программист» или «программист С++»?

Если выбирать из двух вариантов, я бы выбрал "С++ программист". Потому что "программист Java", "программист Python", "программист PHP" звучат коряво - они построены по аналогии с "программист ЭВМ", "...
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Word order in questions with adjectival (determinative) pronouns

I'm native speaker. First thing first, that dash after это looks pretty rare/weird to me. You may just skip it. To answer your question I would just make a parallel with English. It is your teacher. ...
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Word order in questions with adjectival (determinative) pronouns

Question words almost always come at the beginning. And if English is your native language then it's useful to think how we would ask such a question. What kind of student is he? In many cases the ...
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