125 Answered Questions for the topic Russian

04/03/19

What role does "что" play in— почти что/ только что/ пока что и т.д?

I'm pretty good with grammar, but I've never been able to see the point of the что in constructions like these. Why is it there? E.g.,—почти что/ только что/ пока что/ разве что/ и т.д.

04/03/19

Answering Questions with Incomplete Phrases?

When you are asked a question like "Откуда вы?", and you wanted to answer with a single word, would you say "Россия" or "России"?

04/03/19

Why use the perfective "остаться" on one hand and the imperfective "оставаться" on the other?

>Woman: Я могла бы **остаться** здесь навсегда.>Man: Так **оставайся**.I wonder why you need to use the perfective "остаться" on one hand and the imperfective "оставаться" on the other, even... more

04/03/19

Past passive voice, with or without "был"?

Is there any difference in meaning in the past passive voice used with or without "был"?Москва основана в 1147 году.Москва была основана в 1147 году.

04/02/19

Бегать vs. Бежать?

When should I use "Бегать" and when should I use "Бежать"? What's the difference between these two words?For instance, if want to say "I enjoy running" should I say "Мне нравится бегать" or "Мне... more

Quotation marks?

Which quotation marks should I use? Some sentences use double-quotes, i.e. `"..."`, while others use double-angle-quotes, i.e. `«...»`. Obviously, the `"` is correct in English. However, I am not... more

04/02/19

Use of нужно with the dative?

What affects how the ending of нужно should be changed? A corrected sentence I wrote reads >Ксения говорила, Мне нужно его общество как собаке нужны блохи. Why are нужно and нужны used? (And I... more

04/02/19

Impersonal Construction: Dative or Accusative?

I read a page on Russian Impersonal constructions a few days ago by the RLM. It was all about impersonal constructions. But, it's just not clicking for me. For example: _"Пашу тошнило всю... more

04/02/19

What part of speech is 'на!' when used for 'take!'?

Not sure what part of speech 'на!' is when used in the meaning of 'take!'

04/02/19

Differentiating use of — насколько, как, сколько?

In many cases these words all translate to how much when paired with Настолько, так, столько. But I can't understand in what situations each one is used. Would someone be so kind to explain their... more

03/28/19

Why use the perfective "доказать", not the imperfective "доказывать", despite "несколько раз" referring to repeated actions?

>Я уже несколько раз **доказала** тебе, что ...>{instead of}: Я уже несколько раз **доказывала** тебе, что ...I was under the impression that you should use an imperfective verb to express... more

03/28/19

Why "лук" is a mass noun while "огурец" is not?

In Russian, we use some fruit and vegetable names as mass nouns and don't form plural for them: > * Салат с луком / капустой / клубникой while the others do form plural: > * Салат с... more

03/27/19

Why do Russians say "Чего?" and not "Что?" when they didn't understand something?

> Иди, дело есть. ― Чего? ― спросил Карусельщик с подозрением, но из тумана все же показался. // *[Елена Хаецкая. Синие стрекозы Вавилона/ Семеро праведных в раю господина (2004)]*Could anybody... more

03/27/19

A construction with double "бы"-s?

This sentence apparently means "I would like to sleep till April":> Заснуть бы до апреля бы.But I can't understand the use of "бы" here. Could someone give examples of other sentences using this... more

03/27/19

два мужчины or "двое мужчин"?

Is it okay to say "два мужчины" or should I always say "двое мужчин"?

03/27/19

When is a title in quotation marks that is not preceded by the type of media declined?

From examples that I have seen, I understand that titles of media (books, films etc.) enclosed in quotation marks that are nouns (possibly modified by adjectives) or adjectives in the nominative... more

03/27/19

What is "у меня" in "после русского языка у меня будет химия" why not " после русского языка я буду в лекцию химия"?

There is a typical construction that I do not know specially when concerning about movements, in which we use the preposition y instead of the subject?

03/27/19

Это вовсе не сводит на нет тот факт or "того факта"?

What form should I use in this case, the form of Accusative Case or of Genitive?> Это вовсе не сводит на нет **того факта/тот факт**, что они> преступники

03/27/19

Is there a contextual difference between раздражать (кого-то) and досаждать (кому-то)?

Is there a contextual difference between раздражать (кого-то) and досаждать (кому-то)?

03/26/19

Parts of speech in the question "Чей это ...?"?

When someone asks a question along the lines:Чей это кот?Чья это собака?Чьё это письмо?Чьи это очки?I have the following two questions regarding the structure of these interrogative... more

03/26/19

Why "ходила" and not "ездила"?

In the phrase: - "Где ты была?" - "Я ходила на почту "Why `ходила` is used instead of `ездила`?

03/26/19

Construction—Как бы не...—Why is "не" used?

In Constructions of the type КАК БЫ НЕ..., what exactly does the "не" add to the phrase. I'm looking for a literal interpretation from those of you that know both English and Russian at a very high... more

03/20/19

What part of speech is можно here?

> Можно я попью чая?What part of speech here is "можно"? Also, if possible, can you parse this sentence, please?

03/20/19

Meaning of "так"?

Can someone provide good explanation about word - "так"? For example what does word "так" means in "Меня так не за*о*вут", or "Вот так", or "Так вот". Maybe someone knows good article or something... more

03/20/19

What is the word for "Vegan" in Russian? (NOT Vegetarian)?

I cannot find anywhere how to say vegan in russian, only vegetarian.

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