125 Answered Questions for the topic Russian


Help me understand why "молоко готово" and not "молоко готовое"?

If I am бел**ый** человек and my wife is бел**ая** and наше молоко бел**ое**... This much I think I understand quite well! But with готов I am mystified. Я готов and my wife, готова and the milk,... more


Nominative after "что за"?

In my cherished second-hand 1958 *Assimil* textbook *Le russe sans peine* I see the question >Это что за работа ? Why the nominative case, where I would expect an accusative?


Why is the conditional marker "бы" omitted from the construction "Я должен был предвидеть, что ..."?

>Я **должен был предвидеть**, что ...Given the counterfactual conditional aspect of this phrasing, I'd expected to see the conditional marker "бы". I wonder why you can drop "бы" in this... more


Тот же or "такой же"?

How do I say I have the same book? Is it:У меня есть такая же or та же книга. What's the difference between the 2 variants?


What is the function of "это" in "Его зовут X, это он впустил ..."?

>Его зовут Борис, **это он** впустил нас в дом.I'm assuming that "это он ..." is an equivalent expression of "it's him who ...". If this English construction is anything to go by, I'm puzzled... more


When to use Genitive in comparatives?

So we can use either Genitive or чем when making comparisons. My question is, when should I prefer one over the other?Я круче его. Я круче, чем он. Я знаю это лучше тебя.Я знаю это лучше, чем ты.... more


What is correct: "постучи его по спине" or "постучи ему по спине"?

My sentence starts as:> Если человек поперхнулся - ...


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... more


Difference between prefixes "об" and "по"?

What is the difference between prefixes об and по. For example облизать and полизать.


Why say "не хуже меня" on one hand, and "не меньше твоего" on the other?

> Ты **не хуже меня** знаешь правила.>[vs]: Я **не меньше твоего** хочу отомстить за нее.I'm curious to know why you say "не хуже **меня**" instead of "не хуже **моего**" on one hand, and... more


Can "У меня машина" just mean "My car"?

The phrase "У меня машина" is interpreted as "I have a car". Here is my understanding of the "layers" of that translation:1. The phrase "У меня машина" literally means "Car near me".2. In Russian,... more


Зачем и Почему. The difference?

What's the difference between зачем? and почему?


Why is "счастливый" in instrumental case in the following sentence?

I translated the sentence "`You make me happy.`" to Russian with an online translator. And it translated that as "**ты делаешь меня счастливым.**". Why is the instrumental case necessary here?


which form of the verb should be used in this particular case: 'работает' or 'рабо́тают'?

> в нашей компании работает 25 сотрудников I have come accross this sentence and I have two question about this sentence.first, I think the subject of the sentence is: > 25 сотрудников since,... more


И самым безумным моим поступком - why instrumental case?

So, I like to watch the Easy Languages videos whenever they get uploaded, and a new one came out yesturday. I can understand almost all the video, except the very beginning. This guy is explaining... more


Ужинать дома - why in genitive?

In the sentence: > Моя подруга будет ужинать дома what means *дом* to be in genitive? I actually expect it to be in prepositional case with some preposition like *в*, is that wrong?


From the B2 Russian exam - why сдавать and not сдать домашнее задание?

This is a question from the B2 Russian exam.Я очень рад: домашнее задание сегодня можно неа)сдаватьб)сдатьThe correct answer is listed as (a). Why? It's a one-time action, and doesn't have any... more


In Moscow - "В Москве", why "In Sochi" is still "В Сочи"?

When you say "in Moscow" or any other city or place you change the ending - Москва, в Москве. Why you don't change ending for Sochi ?


singular or a plural verb after "и..., и ..."?

Do I need to place a singular or a plural verb after "и..., и ..."?For example:> И Россия, и Франция вxод(**и/я**)т во Всемирную Торговую Организацию.


Why do I keep seeing зову́т for third person singular?

I've seen phrases like *Как его зовут?* in several places, but when I look up зовут, it appears to be the third person plural. Why is it being used for the singular, here?


In Russian, can "мы" be used to refer to "you" in conversation?

>А чего это **мы** такие ворчливые? I just received an IM from my girlfriend, in which she used the pronoun "мы" (jokingly, I suppose) although it was I alone who was grumbling about something... more


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... more


The concept behind prefixes & verbs in the Russian language?

I recently finished the whole concept behind the verbs of motion in the Russian language. Putting a different prefix in front of the verb changes the meaning so to speak. по в / вы под... more


Whether to use the perfective "справиться" or the imperfective "справляться"?

In conversation, I just said:>Чтобы ты **управляла** лодкой? Еще чего! Ты еще не в силах **справиться** с ней в одиночку!Looking back on it, I guess I picked the perfective "справиться",... more


Was the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov written in Russian?

Was the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov written in Russian?   This novel caused quite a stir when it was made into a movie in the early 1960s... I don't think the book was very popular prior... more

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