114 Answered Questions for the topic грамматика
Does Russian not have articles because of the declension of (predicative) adjectives?
>"This is not fair!" said the Russian after looking at a map when they realized that they were not at the state fair. I don't remember precisely how the joke goes, but it goes something like... more
Why do we need У in "Ножка у сту́ла сломалась"?
In the sentence "Ножка у сту́ла сломалась" (the chair leg broke), why do we need the у? The genitive case on "стул" already lets you know that it's the *chair's* leg that's broken. More generally,... more
Use of Dative after учить etc?
I've always had trouble figuring out why the dative is used in such constructions: Я учу драконов русскому языку каждый день—вот беда моя! So why is the verb учить followed by an accusative... more
Are there some typical mistakes made by native Georgian speakers when speaking Russian?
I've been living in Georgia for half a year and most of my friends are fluent in Russian.I've been focused on learning Georgian rather than Russian so far. But when I want to learn some Russian... more
What is the grammatical meaning of ")"?
thanks in advance for your answers!I have come across ")" in many Russian written conversations, for example:<<Вид из окна на кухне)>>or<<Посмотри лучше это)>>I have even... more
выходить vs. уходить?
I once asked a native speaker what the difference is between выходить and уходить, and I was told that выходить means to exit in a general direction, while уходить means to exit in a specific... more
A strange-seeming construction in Tolstoj?
In «Так что же нам делать?», Lev Nikolaevich wrote «Я сижу на шее у человека, задавил его и требую, чтобы он вез меня, и, не слезая с него, уверяю себя и других, что я очень жалею и хочу облегчить... more
Завтра нас здесь не будет - why "нас", not "we"?
In the statement *`"Завтра нас здесь не будет."`* (*"We will not be here tomorrow."*), why use *нас* instead of *мы*? And why the conjugation is on the third person? I would translate it like... more
Conjugation with ни/либо phrases?
Which conjugation of the verb is used in a sentence like, "Neither I nor he will go to the party," where the subjects are different?
Why года instead of лет?
My Russian textbook gives the example, «Я родилась в июне сорок восьмого *года*.» Shouldn't genitive год following eighth be лет instead of года? Is this a mistake in my textbook? If not, could you... more
есть eat or have?
I'm very new to learning Russian and I was wondering if the word есть has different meanings? I thought it meant eat, but then noticed it was being used in different contexts. Forgive the... more
What are the common inflection mistakes that Russian kids make?
What are the common inflection mistakes that Russian kids make as they progress in mastering their first language?
What is the difference between using который or какой?
It seems like they both mean "which." I know the combination of такой (же)…какой implies similarity, so is that the basic difference? In other words, does using какой over который in a sentence... more
Does Russian have the concept of "sentence fragments" (as English does)?
Question: Does Russian have the concept of "sentence fragments" (as English does), and is it also clearly considered a grammatical mistake? For an optional bonus part of this question, not required... more
Accusative vs. Genitive Case after не иметь?
In **Отец не имеет прав на ребёнка.**, прав is in the genitive plural. But in **Все имеют недостатки, но не все - способности.**, способности is in the accusative plural.Why is this the case, when... more
Темным-темно - which case is used here?
Which case is used in the first word, and why? What is the grammatical logic behind the use of this particular case? > 1. Темным-темно> 2. давным-давно
Imperfective and Perfective Aspects for Non-Personal Moods?
The relevance of aspect for the correct usage of verbs seems to be explained only for the personal moods of verbs (e.g. indicative), but what is the meaning of aspect for the impersonal moods, such... more
Гречка or Гречиха?
Reading a few Wikipedia articles I come across different ways to spell buckwheat. One is Гречка (which is what I use when talking about buckwheat) and Гречиха (which I have never heard of before).... more
Origin of particle "ли"?
Does anyone have a theory, or knowledge about the origin of the particle ли?Why does it act as a question particle? Where did it come from, etc?
Об меня or "о меня"?
There is a rule if next word begins with a vowel you should use 'oб', if not, you should use 'о'. So, in the example from the title, it should be 'о меня', but I heard a lot of times people are... more
I heard/saw you [verb]ing?
How do you construct a sentence like `I heard you talking` or maybe `I saw you walking`?
Согласно Вашего запроса or "Согласно Вашему запросу"?
Согласно Вашего запроса or "Согласно Вашему запросу"? And if both are correct, what's the difference, if any?
Твои собаки едят or "у тебя собаки едят"?
1 - Твои собаки едят яблоки?2 - У тебя собаки едят яблоки?Hi, my Russian learning app showed me the second one for "Do your dogs eat apples?".But, I am also learning from another source.From that... more
How acceptable is to omit pronouns in certain verb usages?
That's it, for example, is it acceptable to say Люблю тебя, or do you have to use я Люблю тебя. Or читал книгу instead of Я читал книгу?