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Why does ы have a soft sign in it?
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The letter ы is a ligature of ъ and і. In the past, these were both vowels (something like /ɤ̞/ and /i/) and ы was considered as some mixture of those two vowels.

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What is the difference between "число" and "количество"?
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количество means quantity, and число means number. In the examples you cited they are synonymous, but not in all cases. For example you can say количество масла for amount of butter. Here, of course ...

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Why is “had no choice” translated as «не было выбора» and not «не был выбора»?
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The verb cannot agree with выбор in gender or number because it's not in the nominative case (выбор is not the subject of the sentence). Therefore there's no reason to choose masculine over neuter for ...

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In "Lesson one", should I use одӣн, одна or одно?
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You have two options: Урок номер один (not одӣн!) That means literally "Lesson number one" Or you could say Первый урок/ Урок первый That means literally "First lesson". A ...

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What is the difference in meaning between "латвийка" and "латышка"?
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латышка is an ethnic Latvian латвийка is a woman who lives in or was born in Latvia, regardless of heritage/ancestry. Could be a Russian woman or Roma or something else. It's like the difference ...

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How to parse the expression "таких, как я, будет все больше и больше"
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what is the (singular) subject of this main clause. Is it "больше и больше"? It's the same third person singular like идёт дождь or у меня новая машина why "таких" is in the genitive. Is it ...

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How to determine what part of speech is the word «навстречу»?
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Adverb or preposition? Она шла ему навстречу. A preposition normally goes before a noun or pronoun (it is "pre-posed" to a noun or pronoun), so it's not a preposition in this sentence. But ...

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