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These are so-called possessive adjectives which are used extensively (but not exclusively) in science, medicine and religion: булева алгебра базедова болезнь ахиллесова пята прокрустово ложе декартово произведение сизифов труд They are formed by adding the suffix -ов (-ев, -ёв) to the motivating stem (usually denoting a person). Russian surnames (Иванов, ...


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This is a possessive adjectival form. Притяжательные прилагательные - разряд прилагательных, выражающих принадлежность чего-либо лицу или животному (отцовы сапоги, волчья нора). П. п. образуются с помощью суффиксов -ов(-ев), -ин, -ий. source The suffix -ов(-ев) doesn't seem to be productive any longer so its use is confined to proper names and ...


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"Открещиваться" it's sort of to intensely or demonstratively refuse to accept, so in this particular case the narrator has denied for 10 years what was actually his. Originally it was a word for person crossing him or herself in order to be protected from evil. That said, your interpretation is not completely correct (but it wouldn't been a severe crime ...


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The point is, его, её, их lack not only a special Dative case form, but they are not declinable at all, they have the same form for all the cases, both singular and plural, for example, in plural: от его друзей (Genitive pl.) “from his friends” c его друзьями (Instrumental pl.) “with his friends” на его друзьях (Prepositional pl.) “on his friends” The ...


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The matter is that it seems to be written about Bulgakov's first wife, after they divorced having been married for about 11 years. So, he had been refusing to appreciate what (or whom) he had. своё = "everything which is mine" (including my wife) Well, yes and no. Here своё is anything from what is mine. Or something which belongs to me or I belong ...


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You are almost right but with one exception. The aforecited phrase is to be related to his wife only. For no visible reason he had been shrugging her off for 10 years when he suddenly arrived at an understanding that he loved her even despite her being a fatty but to-him-belonging dear fatty. For example: I've just married a girl I fell in love with at first ...


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