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What is the logic behind "вялотекущая" attachable to an illness but not to a river?

Ever heard of wholes being greater than the sums of their parts? Crazy, huh? Вялотекущая is not the same as вяло текущая. The former is a medical term and was coined (or, if you like, glued together) ...
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What's the difference between -либо and -нибудь?

The suffix -либо underlines that the choice is from among a limited, known set or interval, while -нибудь usually refers to a choice from an infinite or indefinite set or intervals. So -либо means &...
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Is "чалый" a synonym of "рецидивист"?

Чалиться is a slang word meaning, in the wider sense, "be stuck somewhere, be forced to waste time": чалиться на заводе, чалиться в деревне etc. In the narrower sense, чалиться means "to do one's ...
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Are there any differences between "купи дорогой сыр" and "купи дорогого сыру"?

The first one is "buy the expensive cheese", the second one "buy some expensive cheese". As its English counterpart, the first one can only be used in context, since "the"...
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"Какая рогастая, глазатая, ушатая корова!" — or the morphological domains of "-ст-" vs. simply "-т-"

I want to add to the answer by Dmitry Alexandrov some information about the origins of the suffixes. The suffix -аст-, -ист- comes from Proto-Indo-European superlative suffix -isto- while -т- comes ...
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What's the difference between -либо and -нибудь?

I'm answering this question even though it's old because it seems to me that though there are already several interesting answers, none of them is simple and direct. Words ending in -нибудь refer ...
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What would be the Russian word for "ownership"?

As a native Russian language speaker, I can say that "Ответственность" is the accurate word for the case
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Usage patterns of "надо" vs. "нужно"

I'd say, without giving it too much thought, that 'надо' is closer to 'must', more related to duty, while 'нужно' is closer to 'need', more related to personal needs. For example, a saying: Есть ...
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Are there any differences between "купи дорогой сыр" and "купи дорогого сыру"?

Technically we may use three cases here. Accusative Купи сыр Genitive I Купи сыра Genitive II (or Partitive) Купи сыру Here the difference between Acc. and Gen. is referring to definite vs ...
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What's the difference between -либо and -нибудь?

The difference between Кто-нибудь and кто-либо is akin to that between somebody and someone. либо is also generally a bit more formal and is more likely to be used in a formal context than нибудь, ...
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What would be the Russian word for "ownership"?

There is another translation option for this word - "Обладание" Владение кем-, чем-либо как собственностью ◆ Война, ведущаяся с турками за обладание великим княжеством Сусиана и за ...
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What would be the Russian word for "ownership"?

If we are talking about slang used in IT (which I have strong suspicions we do), then terms "владелец" and "владение" are actually quite common, so one can here something like this:...
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What is the logic behind "вялотекущая" attachable to an illness but not to a river?

1) Мы увлеклись игрой. Время текло незаметно. 2) Ничто не нарушало размеренного течения его жизни. 3) Его жизнь текла размеренно и спокойно. 4) Врач рассказал, как протекает болезнь пациента 5) ...
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What is the logic behind "вялотекущая" attachable to an illness but not to a river?

If you will say Вяло текущая река in the context of river, say, standing on the bank of river - your friends may consider you to be a witty person. I think i should remember this for a good reason.
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What's the difference between -либо and -нибудь?

I don't really have much new to offer to this discussion, but I was recently studying this topic and came across a section on this in the book Modern Russian Grammar. Since few sources are cited in ...
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