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Proper way to pronounce в and ф
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I'll start a bit from afar. Each segment ("sound", allophone) covers a lot of possible actual articulations. And, while it does seem like for [v] the spectrum is somewhat wider than for [f], ...

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"Имя числительное" или "номер"?
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Итак, есть четыре основных связанных с понятием number термина: Цифра - знак для числа, подобно тому, как буква - знак для звука (1, 2, 0); Число - собственно, математическое понятие; Номер - число, ...

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Why does the word "один" drop the "и" for its feminine and neuter forms?
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This one is actually non-trivial. As @shabunc mentions, at a certain moment the root (which was originally один-) started to exhibit alternations between и and the ultrashort ь. However, if ь simply ...

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The reason for using comma in between потому and что
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The punctuation tradition tells a story about a conjunction "потому что" (preceded by comma by usual reasons) and pronominal adverb "потому" which can be modified by a subordinate clause with "что" (...

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How can I translate "would" in "He had to run faster than his tribemate, as the hindmost would be eaten by the lion"?
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While съел бы is marginally acceptable, съест seems to be most natural. The English sentence has would instead of will because it is a language with so-called "consecutio temporum" (tense sequence), ...

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Speaking formally to a woman
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I'm afraid turik97's answer is not fully correct. For verbs and short adjectives, plural forms are to be used with "вы" of politeness: Вы жили/*жил/*жила, Вы мертвы/*мёртв/*мертва. However, for long ...

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Прямая речь, которая включает четверостишие
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Quotation marks are generally not inserted for any intervention, be it end of paragraph or author's speech: "Она глупа, - заметила я. - И слепа". "...Она глупа.И слепа к тому же". I trust verses ...

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What's up with объять?
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The situation is diachronically unpleasant. The -н- in обнимать and обнять is an innovation replacing older forms which would give обымать and объять. (Cf. 3rd person pronoun's forms with н after ...

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Velarisation of Russian hard consonants
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Velarization is there, and it is (unlike, say, glottalization) simultaneous with the main articulation not consecutive to it. Therefore, having a vowel around does not usually affect it (rather, it ...

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What are the rules for splitting syllables
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A good description can be found in Knyazev & Pozharitskaya's textbook. In short: If there is at least one consonant, the last consonant always goes to the right (no splitting like *her-o; for ...

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Do any transliterated Russian names begin with the letter C?
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As for other letters for skipping - H (with the same exclusion of Western correlates - Genrikh/Henry, etc.), and W (again, Vilyam/Uilyam/William can be an exclusion, but then, it's not quite a major ...

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Is it considered a mistake to write "его" and "ето" instead of эго and это?
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For the given words the correct Russian spelling is "его" (unless you meant "эго" as in Freud's Ego, yep) and "это", as the first word has initial j and jэ is shown as е. The prima facie correct ...

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Do Russian speakers consistently produce the same perfective form for a new verb?
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There would be no consensus for most new verbs yet for verbs with -овать four main models are possible: Biaspectual verb (like казнить): same forms used for both aspects; Imperfective pair: ...

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How is Yoda Speak rendered in Russian? Are there easy, yet universal, rules I can follow?
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The Yoda speech is based on moving to the beginning of every sentence he topicalized item, the part which is considered most meaningful. "Begun, the Clone Wars have". Also, in Russian Yoda speech ...

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Where to put ли if no verb is given?
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Ли is Wackernagel's clitic, which means it goes after the first fully-stressed word of the sentence (not after the verb, as you say). It tends to move before itself the "question's focus" - if no ...

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When does "e" change to "ё" in plurals
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Actually, as Zaliznyak (1967) shows, it is, synchronically, ё>е in singular not e>ё in plural. Words like "десна'" are actually "дёсна'" (' for stress), but unstressed ё is not used in Russian (except ...

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Are the verb suffixes "-ate" and "-ать" cognates?
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No, they are not directly cognates. The -ate comes from Latin -atus, as Roux stated above, and the -atus is dividable in -a and -tu(s), as Nikolay stated. -tus is homonymic for participle *-to and ...

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Спряжение глаголов с ударными личными окончаниями
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Окончание ударно, когда на него падает ударение. Боюсь, схема ударений окончаний - это словарное свойство глагола. Глаголы на -аю, -ею обычно имеют безударные окончания, но не более того, да и их ...

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Он даёт привыкнуть к нему или себе?
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The question is not that simple. The "Introduction to Common Syntax" of Tyestyelec has half of the fifth (or maybe sixth, I'm not sure) chapter about such things. "Себя" and "свой" inside the ...

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Повелительное от "лечь"
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"Ляг(те)" является единственной нормативной формой. Распространение некорректного "*ляжь(те)" связано с тем, что "ляг(те)" - единственное исключение из правила, по которому для образования ...

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Почему с конца 30-х перестали употреблять словосочетание "в Украине"?
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For 20th and 21st century the "на" preposition is for territories, the "в" - for independent countries. Your information means that since 1938 it was not understood as an independent country (and it ...

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Machine-readable corpus of Russian words
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ruscorpora.ru - the main corpus of Russian language. Its information is in Russian, though.

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Variation in pronunciation of "й" in word-ending "ый"
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The sound [ç] is actually not sh, but a voiceless pair to [j]. Consonants tend to become voiceless in the end of Russian words. However, for [j] it is not correct, although it can sometimes happen.

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Why "две ванные"?
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When the noun (or supposed noun, as комната in ванная (комната)) is feminine, both -ые and -ых are possible with полторы, две, три и четыре in nominative and accusative. This is an exception of the ...

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What case follows an integer counting variable?
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Actually, an X that is not 2, 3, 4 or 1.5 or not a constant will be treated just as if it were five or twenty: "X жёлтых домов", "X абелевых групп", "X острых ножей".

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Why "пишешь", "пишем", "пишете", not "пишёшь", "пишём", "пишёте"
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Endings of the so-called first conjugation have ё if they are under stress, otherwise they have е. One must learn where the endings are stressed and where they are not, although endings, not including ...

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Pronunciation norm
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I shall try to answer the given questions. Quality of vowel reduction There are two stages of reduction. First stage is in the syllable before the stressed one, in the absolute beginning and in the ...

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Is there a way to determine substantives ending in "-у" when used in context of localisation?
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There are about thirty or fourty words of the second masculine declension (masculine words ending with a consonant) whose Locative (-у like на мосту - on the/a bridge) is not the same as the ...

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Pronunciation of 'Сегодня'
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The pronunciation is [s'ivodn'i] with stressed o and apostrophee for palatalisation. There is [v] because it comes from сего дня, where -его is ending of pronoun which is always pronounced with [v] ...

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Is it bad if I don't bother to pronounce 'o' correctly?
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There are no exceptions. There is a strict but complicated rule. Stressed o is always [o]. Unstressed o in absolute beginning, absolute end and un the syllable before the stressed one is [^] (also ...

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