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Is "тройбан" derived from "ебан тремя"?

-бан is an argotic suffix that is used to create word that is not used in normal/official language as one of purposes of argot itself. See тройбан, щелбан, дружбан.
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Different expressions for "ten" in Russian: десять, десятка, десяток

Десятка - Typically, an informal reference to something numbered 10 (like a bus following route 10) or about a 10 ruble banknote (in the past, when it mattered more). Now, it can sometimes informally ...
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What are the subsequent terms in this sequence?

In Russian, there are no such words as *однаждый or *дваждый, there are words однажды “once” and дважды “twice”. Then goes трижды “thrice, three times” and четырежды “four times”. These words are ...
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Do Russian use the Cyrillic Thousands Sign (“҂” U+0482)?

҂ is indeed a historic relic. It was only used in the letter-based numerals (a system where A = 1, B = 2, etc; ҂A = 1000). It is not in active use for at least three centuries. One can see 10k (or 10K)...
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The etimology of the "-дцать" postfix?

"Дцать" is just a reduction, originally "двенадцать" was "дъванадесѩте", sort of "two on top of ten". English word of Latin origin "decimal" can give you a hint.
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"В об(о,е)их коробках оказались семена" - which vowel should I choose?

You can interpret "коробки" as a plural of "коробка" or "коробок", so it's obviously a trick question. With seeds either one would make sense. The examples you've found are indeed utterly incorrect ...
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Pronouncing long decimal numbers

I don't think there's any set rule, but as a native speaker, I can advise the following options: First you have to know that in Russian the decimal separator is the comma , (pronounced запятáя, ...
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Is "тройбан" derived from "ебан тремя"?

Just to prove the previous answers and to disappoint you:тройбан. belongs to school argot, "Словарь русского арго" Елистратова ЩЕЛБАН, -а, м. Удар, щелчок. Возм. из шк.; общеупотр. «щелчок» + ...
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Different expressions for "ten" in Russian: десять, десятка, десяток

Also, in the sentence Он сыграл в кино десятки ролей, is десятки a declension of десятка or десяток? this is a declined десяток десятки is never meant in a literal sense of quantity but just used to ...
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Can anyone clear up some discrepancies between rules for numeral+adjective+noun agreement for 2/3/4 and actual usage (as found through e-sources)?

Both nominative plural and genitive plural adjectives can be used with feminine nouns. Nominative plural is preferred. Lisa, you are not the first to notice this variation (and well done spotting it!)...
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Двадцать один хорош(?) год - declension after number 21

All the numerals ending in 1, exept for those that end in 11 (11, 111, 711, 1011, etc.), need the following noun in the Nominatve case singular. If there is also an attribute adjective, it agrees with ...
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Usage of declined numbers

In your particular example, 250,000 would be nominative to begin with. To take an example where you'd actually need instrumental, though — say, "a suitcase with 250,000 euros in it": чемодан с ...
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"Один" as an equivalent of indefinite article

There's no such thing like articles in Russian, whether definite or indefinite. However, in some specific phrases it de-facto acts very similar to indefinite article. Compare following two sentences: ...
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Is it correct to say 'две штуки' or 'два штуки' when talking about something masculine?

Definitely две because штуки is feminine. As for пельмень, it's masculine, so the correct form is два пельменя.
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How do I construct numerals?

With quantities of 10n + 1, except for 100n + 11, use the single nominative: одна/девяносто одна/сто сорок одна ручка, but тысяча пятьсот одиннадцать ручек; With quantities of 10n + 2, 3, or 4, ...
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Is "тройбан" derived from "ебан тремя"?

I believe this word belongs to school slang exclusively. And concerning its roots, it's most probably derived as a pure occasionalism with a pattern similar to дерибан, щелбан etc.
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Different expressions for "ten" in Russian: десять, десятка, десяток

ДЕСЯТКА (coll.) fem. noun: The name of the number "ten" Colloquially, the name of a means of transport (a bus, a tram) which has the number 10 Какой автобус тут ходит? — Десятка. Bull's-...
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Which form of год is года here in “1341 года”?

Апрельским утром 1341 года would be spelt as Апрельским утром тысяча триста сорок первого года. Утро (morning) here is ins.sg. The morning is specified to be in April (with the adjective in the same ...
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What case is "новых фото"?

The phrase “новых фото” is in the genitive case plural. The whole sentence Он добавил 10 новых фото is grammatically correct, it is exactly how that should be said in Russian. But the sentence is ...
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How do you cite amounts of money in Russian?

44 целых–9 десятков? First of all, this is called "десятые" (доли), not "десятки". Thus, the phrase "сорок четыре целых девять десятых" is correct, although rather ...
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Why did ten-based numerals such as пятьдеся́т lose the final soft sign of десять?

The word десять historically was a noun (as were all numerals starting with five), but unlike пять, шесть etc. it had a consonant stem. Words with a consonant stem had the ending -ъ in plural ...
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Is "51-летний" correct in Russian?

It's absolutely valid Russian and it'a pronounced "пятидесятиоднолетний". Those adjectives respond to the question "сколько летний" and more popular (though considered colloquial) form "скольки летний"...
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Which one is right - "Между двух людей" or "Между двумя людьми"

It was already in 1937 that Dmitry Ushakov in his famous four-volume dictionary wrote that using между with the Genitive case was obsolete. Между двух людей is obsolete, because двух людей is Genitive....
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Can "одни" be paired with words that exist in both the singular and the plural?

There is another meaning of одни + plural. It means only in some contexts. For instance: одни женщины = women only. В доме жили одни женщины = In the house there were only women. одни окна = ...
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In "делегация из 5 человек во главе с президентом", are 5 or 6 visitors meant?

Well, this is exactly why the words like "включительно", "включая" do exist - otherwise in some cases there is indeed a disambiguation. The answer to your question is that the phrase "делегация из N ...
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In "делегация из 5 человек во главе с президентом", are 5 or 6 visitors meant?

It's them, and it doesn't look like an intuitive kind of mistake: by which I mean, it was likely caused by uninformed overthinking on the part of the person that wrote the letter.
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What case do numbers take in constructions where they are preceded by "на"?

After на you've got to put the following numeral into the accusative case. The noun that follows the numeral is in the accusative case singular if the numeral ends in 1 except for those that end in ...
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Agreement of numerals, adjectives and nouns

You understand everything correctly. The first sentence is incorrect.(Я нашла тридцать шесть #старые газеты#). Я нашла старые газеты. Here we observe the rule of the accusative for inanimate nouns....
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Expression of number of people

The 'genitive singular' rule only applies to nouns. For adjectives (or nouns that decline like adjectives e.g. запята́я) it's genitive or nominative plural: два взро́слых биле́та, два ста́рых дру́га, ...
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