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What is the difference between "число" and "количество"?

количество means quantity, and число means number. In the examples you cited they are synonymous, but not in all cases. For example you can say количество масла for amount of butter. Here, of course ...
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Is there any difference between торопиться и спешить?

In the general case the only pattern, that came into my mind, when you can not interchange спеши́ть and торопи́ться is a talking about a gaining clock: Часы спешат на пять минут [The watch is five ...
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"Одену" or "надену"

Надевать / надеть что-то (на кого-то) means "to put something on (someone)". Одевать / одеть кого-то (во что-то) means "to dress someone (in something)". The direct object (one ...
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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

We have more words related to the topic.Брак (wedlock,marriage ) is an official term.The verb is вступить в брак. It is related to both parties (a man and a woman ) Супружество (spousehood ) is the ...
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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

This terminology isn't specific to Russian language. It's rather a common point for the whole Slavic culture. Замужество ultimately means a status of a married woman who lives at her husband's place (...
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"Borrow" and "lend" in Russian

Одолжить means "to lend", can refer to money or to anything else. Можешь одолжить мне 1000 рублей до понедельника? Could you lend me 1000 roubles until Monday? Often this word is used ...
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What were the original half-Russian Siberians called?

There's no such thing like "Siberian person" - Siberia is huge, really huge and was populated by very different people with different history, culture and genetic heritage. That said, there never ...
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What is the difference between "eврей" and "иудей"?

Are "eврей" & "иудей" completely the same, or do they have slightly different meanings/connotations? They are not the same. They are from different categories. "Иудей" stands for "Judaist" - ...
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What is the difference between разве and неужели?

Неужели is particle used in questions only. On the other hand, разве can be both particle and adjunction in both questions and positive statements. Within a statement разве is often used together ...
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What is the difference between "eврей" and "иудей"?

It's quite simple: "еврей" is nationality or ethnicity (not sure which fits better, but hope you get the point) and "иудей" is someone who follows Judaism.
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What is the difference between "разделить" and "поделить"?

This is a nuanced difference. There are many traditional usages in which one word is preferred over the other, for example "pазделить друзей" means "to separate friends", in the ...
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Is there any difference between торопиться и спешить?

Спешить and торопиться are synonyms and there's no real difference in their meaning. I'm struggling to come up with an example where it would be appropriate to use one word but not the other. ...
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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

The existing answers provide a wealth of interesting information. But the questioner is a beginner and so needs a simple guide to talking about marriage and weddings. Here is my attempt: The Most ...
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"хотя бы" is a synonym for "по крайней мере"?

These phrases synonymous in one of possible meanings - one that stands for English "at least". There are other meaning in which хотя бы can not be substituted, they are: As in "хоть бы зима поскорее ...
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Беспризорный vs. Бомж vs. Бездомный

Беспризорный - the one who does not have "призор", parental custody. Though this one can have a home, but the parent, who's supposed to live there too, is missing. Бездомный - is literally "homeless"...
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Беспризорный vs. Бомж vs. Бездомный

Беспризорный applies to minors and has more to do with a lack of custody/supervision than a lack of residence. Бездомный is the plain and neutral translation of "homeless". Бомж started out as a legal ...
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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

Cвадьба is a ceremony of getting married, better translation would be wedding. If you mean marriage you could use word брак without concern of direction. Also женитьба describes matchmaking from man's ...
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Alternative to 'тотчас же'

That expression is mainly used in literature; probably "тут же" is its closest version in everyday speech. While it literally means 'right here' it marks the immediate point in both space and time. ...
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How to say an informal "кроме того"?

The most colloquial substitution for кроме того meaning 'and also' is [а] ещё: Я ел пиццу, кроме того я пил пиво. = Я ел пиццу, а ещё я пил пиво. Мне нравятся детективы, кроме того я люблю фантастику....
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Is there any difference between торопиться и спешить?

There is some difference in imperative mood. Торопись! Means drive, urge on yourself. Спеши! Not really used. If used, I would understand it as "be hurry in panic". I hardly can imagine where ...
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Синонимы "класс" и "круто"

Подгон на жаргоне означает "подарок, подношение". То есть выражение "пацанский подгон" можно понять как "достойный подарок", "подарок, достойный настоящего мужчины" (пацан на жаргоне - это что-то ...
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Difference between "битва" and "сражение"?

This is a very period-sensitive question, because the meaning of those words had been slowly, but continuously evolving over the last several centuries. Those words are largely synonyms, and ...
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Какая разница между лишь и только?

Абсолютно взаимозаменяемые слова. Нет никакой разницы. Автор строк про самолеты и билеты в корне не прав. Говорю, как филолог. И эти слова не предлоги, а союзы. Изначально союз "только" означал "...
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Verbs related to learning or teaching

1) учи́ть - imperfective (1) - to teach Usage: учить кого-то чему-то, учить кого-то что-то делать Учить детей албанскому - to teach children Albanian language Учить детей петь и танцевать - to ...
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Synonyms for "типа того"

где-то так, навроде того (colloquial) When we're speaking about something measurable: примерно, приблизительно, около, плюс-минус In fact we have really a lot of such 'terms'
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"Одену" or "надену"

Oh, this is a classic question, and actually one with which even native speakers happen to have trouble. Actually, these verbs aren't interchangeable. "Надеть" is used for putting clothes (...
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"Одену" or "надену"

Speaking of how native speakers mix these two words, I would add that надеть is always used with clothing. However одеть may be used for both putting clothes on another person, or putting an article ...
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What is the difference between разве and неужели?

"Неужели X?" means that X is possible but surprising. The surprise may be pleasant or unpleasant. Example: Неужели вместе нам Песню не сложить? Неужели суждено Hам в разлуке жить? (From the song "...
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Беспризорный vs. Бомж vs. Бездомный

Беспризорный is mostly about underage homeless persons, children and teenagers - it is not used for depicting adult homeless persons. The derived noun "беспризорник" is used more often, but I'd rather ...
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Пряность vs специя

Those who cook clearly distinguish between специи and пряности. Специи are substances which change the taste or consistency of a dish, but they rarely have any flavor or "aroma" (salt, sugar, ...
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