Manjusri
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Why is "таких театров" in genitive in "таких театров повсюду – пруд пруди"?
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This is just one of many examples of Fenno-Ugric substratum in Russian. Russian Genitive here actually conveys the meaning of Partitive (marked explicitly in phrases like надо бы чаю instead of чая ...

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Why does "охуенно" mean "great" but "хуёвый" mean "bad"
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пиздато literally means something like 'cuntish', and is an expression of positive experience obtained by a heterosexual male's genitalia; you might hardly, if ever, hear heterosexual women saying '...

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Translating linguistic terminology into Russian
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Since 'annotation' refers to 'a pragmatic meaning in spoken text', and since '' is usually used in Russian academic language as a term for 'summary', I believe the terms 'прагматическая атрибуция' or '...

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How to say "revision" (for exams) in Russian?
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The total process is named подготовка к экзаменам and can be done either by a student or by a teacher, or by the both parties. Same for повторение. What a student does alone repeating everything ...

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Position of "бы" when forming conditional
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The meaning varies slightly depending on both intonation and position of the particle. The nuances are however not perceived by native speakers themselves. By and large, the enclitic put into ...

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How does "суметь + infinitive" differ in usage from "смочь + infinitive"?
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In my opinion, the primary difference is not about 'resiliance VS general ability' but rather between суметь as 'repeating actions' (iterative) VS смочь as momentary action. Most of Russian prefixes ...

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How to say "fuckers" in Russian
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Considering the context of your presumably fantastic novel, where the character is addressing an alien life form, I guess the best option would be пидорасы (lit. homos, or faggots). But since you are ...

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How to express the idea of "not exactly" humorously?
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Interesting, I never thought hardly could take humorous modalities in English. Also, English humour differs from the Russian one (as usually emotions among different languages do), and mild irony ...

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Declension of adjectives in conjunction with the verb "быть"
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Well, it's great that you recognise the as a Fem. Sg. Instrumental. In my opinion, the difference between Instrumental Vs Nominative predicate in Russian is a difference between perfected (non-present ...

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"Я в состоянии" vs "я способен"?
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Semantically, быть в состоянии refers to an evident state and/or an action. быть способен / способным refers to non-evident condition and/or action. Grammatically, быть в состоянии always-- well, ...

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Difference between "парень" and "любовник"?
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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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Interpretation of "Понеслась душа в рай!"
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It's not opposite. The meaning is metaphorical, implying that the speaker (or an acting person) is as much attracted to the topic - or an acting person to an object of an action or to an action as ...

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Translation of "to be confronted with"
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I think we could deal just with adverbs or quasiadverbal structures combined with Ho in beginning of a phrase, e. g.: Но я сказал ему, что, напротив / на самом деле /фактически / видел, как он ...

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How does one say ‘let me/you’ in general?
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The verb is not fully translatable into Russian, because in English it primarily conveys both the meaning of a suggestion (imperative, including 2nd and 3rd persons) as well as an ask for a permission,...

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десяток and its class of numeric forms
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The group nouns for animate sentient beings are as follows (governed by Plural Genitive and works with Neutrum and Masculine words only): двое, трое, четверо, пятеро, шестеро, семеро. Then there are ...

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"Я один кто не знал, что вариантов у итогового теста два?"
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В целом - пример разговорного современного языка, на границе литературной нормы, однако есть работающие правила: вариантов (множественное неопределённое, сопоставимое с неопределенным артиклем в ...

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"малое сведение его в рос­сийском языке"
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The fact that von Hagemeister was a Baltic German born into a gentry family and composed his diaries in German, Russian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese doesn't tell much about validity of his ...

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What are Russian equivalents of the English idiom "spread yourself too thin"?
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Referring to speech, the possible set phrase could also be растекаться мыслью/(from растекаться мысью) по древу , which is 'to run one's thought / oneself as a squirrel along a tree, мысь being an Old ...

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Difference in usage between "пи́ща" and "еда"
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1.At first, both пища & еда seem to be interchangeable, but this is a wrong assomption, since they are [almost] interchangeable only in phrases like Я даю животным пищу. [sounds not quite natural]...

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Why are there verbs derived from ехать but not ездить?
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To start with, here is a brief introduction into the aspectual system of Russian verbs. In short, the main aspectual pairs shall be: habitual - iterative: ездить - ехать perfect - imperfect : ...

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How to say "which one" in Russian?
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Well, a dress as платье is indeed not a Feminine but a Neutrum word, because it ends in -е (like the rest of -е, -о and -у-ending Neutrum words). But then, we have одежда, which is less gender-...

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Genders - Nouns with "ь"
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a) Any noun ending in -нь and meaning a physical entity that is not a part of a larger whole/not dependent on the other object is most likely a masculine (whence тень, сень and голень are exceptions - ...

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What is the difference between "не надо" and "не нужно"?
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Historically, надо is similar to а past participle form (cf. English -de, Spanish -d@ and Swedish -d(e) / -t). Нужно, in turn, represents a cluster of historically -нъ-ending words which in modern ...

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When to use "у" or "к"?
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The choice depends on semantics and semantics are to be defined by a case + preposition. Hence, when we speak about a non-motional state, we usew y (= près de, au côté de; proche de; chez; voisinant) ...

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Why does the word "четверг" sound as "четвергх"?
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Interesting, never noticed that properly. What is heard, however, doesn't resemble the regular [x]. I suppose the reasons are the same as with Б-г pronounced as [бох]: historical phonetics, competive ...

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"Какая модель это?" or "Какой модель это"?
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In fact, you can be sure only about grammatical gender of abstract nouns derived from adjectives and ending in -сть; they are 99,999% feminine. The grammatical genders of other words ending in the ...

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What is the use of "Ha" in these two sentences?
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Both на and в can be used to describe a motion, but the former is similar to Balto-Fennic Allative (evident motion and/or destination), while the latter is more like Illative case. The meaning of на +...

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How similar are Mongolian Cyrillic and Russian Cyrillic?
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OK, here is my answer with almost a two-years' delay. In general, no letter (even in a reputedly 'phonetic' writing system) gives absolutely exact sound representation. Even in two languages/...

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Russian Cases, Grammar & огонём vs огнём
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1) The prohibitive form (Ru) with an infinitive (не + the infinitive) is more official and is used in a colloquial speech as a form of rude impersonal command only: Не играть с огнём. => Не играй с ...

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Help me understand why "молоко готово" and not "молоко готовое"
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Semantically, this form is a cross-breed between an adjective and a participle. Some centuries ago all adjectives used to have both shortened and elongated forms, now this system is less regular. You ...

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