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Крайний и последний

Можно и без "бы". Сослагательное наклонение здесь подчёркивает, то, что это пожелание. В России, среди людей занятие которых связано с риском, не принято говорить "последний" (полёт), так как точно ...
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Difference between "истина" and "правда"?

"Истина" is of a higher register, is more pathetic (in its archaic sense of "full of pathos." As was kindly pointed out to me in comments, "pompous" might be a better term) if you will (or just strict ...
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"Зависть" or "ревность"

It's simple: зависть – envy (a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck) ревность – jealousy (affection-related, as if when a man is ...
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Is во времена, instead of во время, used only when it refers to people?

Во время means "during something": Во время войны (= "during the war") Россия жила по сухому закону. [Даниил Гранин. Зубр (1987)] Впервые эта служба была совершена всенародно во ...
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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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"Повидло" vs "Варенье"

Согласно русской википедии: Повидло получают путём вываривания с сахаром фруктового или ягодного пюре. Варенье получают путём вываривания с сахаром фруктов или ягод, реже овощей, розовых лепестков, ...
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Which is the difference between "поперек" and "через"?

There is a difference in meaning between these words. It would help if you could tell us the sentence that you are trying to use them in. поперёк means "across" as opposed to "along", as in the ...
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Difference between "парень" and "любовник"?

Парень is a boyfriend. Любовник is a lover. Любовник usually implies an illicit affair, where one or both participants are married.
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Difference between "парень" and "любовник"?

One thing surprisingly not mentioned so far (and one most important one) is that парень is way narrower, it's not like boyfriend in modern English - in non-ironical way it's applicable only for ...
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What's the difference between "за ... от" and "в ... от"?

Yes, there's a small difference in usage. With the reference to a place you can use both combinations of prepositions. Дом отдыха находился в ста километрах/за сто километров от Москвы. But only ...
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"Фотография семьи будет висеть" - "в центре" or "по центру"?

Both "Фотография семьи будет висеть по центру" and "Фотография семьи будет висеть в центре" are correct. When I say "по центру" I mean that it's aligned to center. I can ...
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Difference between царь and король?

The difference is mainly in word origin. Царь comes from Caesar and король comes from the name Карл, and its derivatives are used in Eastern Europe (however, it's цар in Bulgaria). The word king ...
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"Рассчитывать", "подсчитывать" -- what is the difference?

Both verbs can be translated as "to count" or to "calculate", but "подсчитывать" is closer to count some finite amount of items - when, for instance, one is counting the number of shells, it's "...
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What is the difference between "посмотри" and "смотри"

I'd say that "смотри" is used for immediate action. E.g. when something funny is happening. And "посмотри" is used for a future action. E.g. when you recommend a movie, or ask to take a look at some ...
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В чем разница между роптать, сетовать а жаловаться

роптать is a quite strong (but also bookish) one. It's almost "uprise", "riot", but not quite. I'd say a murmur. "А люди все роптали и роптали, наверное, справедливости хотят"; сетовать is bookish for ...
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Difference between "парень" and "любовник"?

Парень (a cognate to Lithuanian berniukas) makes an emphasis on the relationship while любовник makes emphasis on love-making: У неё есть парень / нет парня. А парень-то у тебя, подруга, есть? - the ...
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"Бон вояж" vs."Доброго пути"

Bon voyage (or Бон вояж, whatever) is a French phrase which the majority of native speakers will be very confused to hear - it's just not used. A big amount of people won't even understand you. ...
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"Бон вояж" vs."Доброго пути"

Бон вояж is too 18th century. You'll be much better off with Счастли́вого пути́!
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What's the difference between вернуться and вернусь?

Вернуться is an infinitive " to return,to come back". Он улетел, но обещал вернуться (He has flown away, but promised to return. Вернусь is a future tense, first person,singular Я вернусь домой....
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Difference between интересно / интересовать?

интересоваться, being a verb implies active action on the part of the subject and being imperfective implies some history of being actively interested in something. интересно is a passive construction ...
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In "Lesson one", should I use одӣн, одна or одно?

You have two options: Урок номер один (not одӣн!) That means literally "Lesson number one" Or you could say Первый урок/ Урок первый That means literally "First lesson". A ...
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What is the difference between "не надо" and "не нужно"?

Нужно is slightly less casual and more bookish, so, while phrases "Ой, Вась, может не нужно тут нам голову-то морочить" is completely OK but native speaker most probably will use на надо. On the ...
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Difference between "хороший" and "xорошо"?

When expressing general sense of goodness, satisfaction, delight, approval only хорошо is correct. This is an adverb and not adjective, therefore short form doesn't apply to it as it's an attribute ...
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What is the difference between "трогать" and "касаться"?

Трогать usually is more intense. You can think of касаться of a single, atomic action, it's to touch once and/or to touch subtly, while трогать is to touch thoroughly and/or to touch many times. That'...
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Which is the difference between "поперек" and "через"?

Через (preposition) has at least 6 senses in Толковый словарь РЯ (Russian language dictionary). It may be used to express the senses 'across, through, with, by, with the help (aid) of', in X minutes (...
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What's the difference between несколько and сколько and некоторые in this context?

The first and last sentences are grammatically incorrect. The first sentence should be a question ("сколько" = "how many"/"how much"): Сколько там яблок? In the last sentence, the word "яблоки" ...
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Difference between "слёзы" and "слезы"?

They are pronounced exactly the same way because it is exactly same word. The usage letter "ё" from the very beginning of its existence (it was introduced at the end of XVIII century) was quite ...
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Difference between "слёзы" and "слезы"?

The answer can be traced through the question. It means, слезы is the Genitive case singular, and слёзы is the Nominative case plural. This word, as you can see from the previous answer, can be ...
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Difference between "настрой" and "настроение"

Настроение из just about someone's mood, настрой (in its optimistic sense) is related to self-discipline: concentrating on some idea (going to a dentist at last - настроил себя на это), nearest ...
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