125 Answered Questions for the topic Russian

03/19/19

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

03/19/19

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?

03/19/19

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

03/18/19

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?

03/18/19

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

03/18/19

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

03/18/19

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

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

03/18/19

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

03/18/19

Difference between prefixes "об" and "по"?

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

03/18/19

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

03/14/19

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

03/14/19

Зачем и Почему. The difference?

What's the difference between зачем? and почему?

03/14/19

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?

03/14/19

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

03/14/19

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

03/14/19

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?

03/14/19

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

03/14/19

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 ?

03/13/19

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.

03/13/19

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?

03/13/19

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

03/13/19

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... more

03/13/19

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

03/13/19

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
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10/01/13

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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