Sergey Slepov
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what does спалила mean in this sentence?
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Yes. Since the song is a rap about a guy approaching a girl, the slang meaning fits in nicely: You surely saw him checking you out from a distance Here is the context: Эй На тебе бандана — ты будто ...

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Soft-sign feminine geographical proper nouns having the same declension stress pattern as Русь
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This search in Zalizniak's Grammatical Dictionary also gives Кеть, besides those already mentioned.

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Is there a rule behind first conjugation verbs ending in -ить?
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The ending -ить does not tell you much about how a verb is conjugated. As you've seen, verbs ending in -ить can be conjugated differently. Let me throw in: люби́ть - люблю́ жить - живу́ Note that ...

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What is the difference between "Куда ты идёшь?" and "Куда ты собрался?"
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Let me start with the basics. Собирать means 'to gather', 'to put lots of things in one place'. Собираться means 'to gather oneself (or one's things)', 'to pack (one's belongings)'. Соберись! could ...

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What are the different usages for these translations of "to type" (as in on a computer keyboard)?
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Basically, the choice is between печатать and набирать. Набирать refers to large volumes of text and it tends to need a direct object: набирать статью/книгу. I'd go with печатать as the default ...

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How can I figure out if an adjective is hard or soft without seeing its ending?
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The page you linked to isn't giving you the whole story. Even if we leave aside possessive adjectives (лисий, волчий, заячий), there are a lot more declension types besides just hard and soft. Each ...

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What does чем mean in "Не нужно объяснять, чем так хороша физическая активность зимой."?
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The instrumental is actually an object of хоро́ш. The adjective хоро́ш can take an object to say why something is good: Э́тот ме́тод хоро́ш свое́й простото́й. - This method is good for its simplicity....

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Did the adjective рад used to have a longer form?
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Yes, if the full form existed in modern Russian, it would be spelled радый. Cf. Ukrainian радий. Also, is the use of рад preferred to радостный, when it is used as a predicate? The use of рад is ...

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Синтаксический разбор предложения с условным наклонением и инфинитивом
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Это часть составного сказуемого. https://russkiiyazyk.ru/sintaksis/kakoi-chlen-predlozheniya-infinitiv.html#i-1

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Why is the instrumental phrase большинством людей used in this sentence?
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This sentence is using the passive voice: The pyramids were built by the Egyptians. = The Egyptians built the pyramids. The instumental case is equivalent to by + noun in English: Это время ...

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Достаточная причина отказаться что-либо делать, одним-двумя словами?
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Препятствие? «Жара стала непреодолимым препятствием к проведению марафона».

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What is the difference between "в ходе" and "во время" if both can be used to mean "during"?
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(To complement @Quassnoi's answer.) I then discovered that "during" when paired with a time of day or time of season, often gets translated through declension of the word itself (e.g., ...

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What does "если форма его принята" mean?
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Modifiers coming after the word they modify are quite common in Russian: государство это 'this state' форма его 'its form' The subject of the second clause is форма (...its form is accepted).

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Why do some verbs ending in -евать (e.g танцевать) behave like they end in -oвать?
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What your grammar book says is mostly correct, e.g. клева́ть (to peck) is conjugated клюю́, клюёшь, клюёт; воева́ть (to be at war) - вою́ю, вою́ешь, вою́ет. However, when what is left after removing -...

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два тела, два села - where is the accent placed?
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You are right, the numerals два (две), три, четы́ре, о́ба (о́бе), полтора́ (полторы́) are followed by nouns in the genetive singular which is те́ла and села́ - see the declension tables for те́ло and ...

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Is there a word for "dip pen" in Russian?
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The pen that you have to dip in ink once in a while to continue writing is simply called "перо́" ("пе́рья" in the plural): [...] пе́рья Пу́шкина отме́чены осо́бым зна́ком вне́шней ...

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When the word "по" means "on," is it more common to see the dative case follow it or the prepositional?
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Indeed, "по" + prepositional case has the meaning "upon / immediately after": по приезде, по окончании. However, in modern coloquial speech you would often hear dative in the same ...

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Difference between imperfective (Будет) and perfective future verbs
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Yes, more or less so, except for the two examples involving 'ходить'. Although 'Я буду мочь ходить' may seem grammatically correct, no one says «буду мочь». These words just don't go together (despite ...

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Omitting чтoбы in certain contexts
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That is a very good question. Indeed, in some contexts что́бы can be dropped. These include: VERB + что́бы + INFINITIVE: Я пришёл[, что́бы] поговори́ть с тобо́й. Я звоню́[, что́бы] сказа́ть, что не ...

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Why are multi-direction/alternate verbs used with verbs of motion prefixes?
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Уезжаете is not multidirectional. It's a normal imperfective verb in the present tense meaning 'you are leaving'. As most verbs, it does not have a multidirectional counterpart. An example ...

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Как объяснить, почему "светел", однако при этом "смугл"?
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Все дело в происхождении слова. В древнерусском «светлый» имело вид свѣтьлъ, а «смуглый» – смаглъ / смѧглъ. Исходя из современного состояния языка это объяснить сложно, проще запомнить, а лучше ...

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Dictionary listing case for verbs
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Russian dictionaries use question words such as кого-чего, кем-чем to indicate the grammatical case: ГОРДИТЬСЯ кем-чем / (разг.) за кого. http://gramota.ru/slovari/dic/?word=гордиться&all=x The ...

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Слова, пишущиеся через дефис, считаются одним словом или двумя?
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Все зависит от того, кем считается и для чего. Например, Word считает «принеси-ка» за одно слово. В словарях частицы даются отдельной статьей, иначе количество статей увеличилось бы в разы.

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Proper way to pronounce в and ф
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Yes, [ф] is just a voiceless [в] which is practically the same as the English [v]. In [ф] there is no additional articulation found in [f] (lower lip covering upper teeth). Minimal pair: водка фотка ...

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Pronunciation of "поздно" (late)
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Quite a few consonant clusters have silent letters in them, e.g.: здн (пра́здник, пра́здновать, по́здний, по́здно, бе́здна, звёздный), silent д. стн (ле́стница, до́блестный, захолу́стный, я́ростный),...

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"Между минус девятью и нулём" - why "минус" is not declined here?
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It's just how it is :) When talking about the number, -9, you just don't decline the word 'minus': N. минус девять A. минус девять G. минус девяти D. минус девяти I. минус девятью P. минус девяти ...

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How do you say this in russian?
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Эту книгу трудно читать. Мне трудно читать эту книгу.

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How to decline animate neuter nouns in the accusative case?
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As you might know, the Accusative of masculine (second declension) nouns depends on animacy: it is the same as Genitive for animate nouns and Nominative for inanimate: вижу тигра, тигров (animate) ...

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"Reading up" on а subject
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Осведомля́ться, ознака́мливаться, информи́ровать are all very formal. It is impossible to "информи́ровать себя́" (I hereby inform myself... ) "Я чита́ю" is quite universal: Я ...

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Как правильно образовывать отчества от мужских имён, оканчивающихся на -ий?
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"Грамматический словарь" Зализняка дает при имени Аполлинарий помету §26 (//), что означает, что верны оба варианта, а вариант Аполлинариевич носит более официальный характер. https://...

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