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Tricky Russian Typography – Part I Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

Russian typewriter

We have talked about keyboarding in Russian and some peculiarities of Russian punctuation on this blog. Let us expand on these subjects with an overview of characters that may not be easy to enter on a keyboard. Generally speaking, until very recently Russian literacy dwelled primarily in the handwritten domain. That is, of course, books…

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Вокруг да около: Expressing Proximity In Russian Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

tape measure

Let us talk about ways of expressing proximity in Russian. There are a few of them; however, not all of them are interchangeable. Рядом Рядом + с + object in the instrumental case means “next to something.” Рядом can also be used on its own to mean “nearby.” Рядом с нашей школой был парк (There was a park…

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Трое в лодке: Collective Numerals in Russian Posted by on Sep 8, 2016

two men eating lunch

If you look at the Russian translation of Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in A Boat, you may be surprised to read “Трое в лодке, не считая собаки.” Why “трое” and not “три”?  In my last post on forms that don’t exist in Russian, I briefly touched upon the category of collective numerals. Since they have not…

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Other Missing Forms in Russian Posted by on Sep 1, 2016


Last time, were talked about some verb forms that don’t exist in Russian and some ways around these limitations. However, “missing” forms are not limited to verbs. Let us look at three other cases. These examples may not be immediately practical for beginner learners, who are welcome to check out our basic Russian posts. Dream On…

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Verb Forms That Don’t Exist in Russian Posted by on Aug 29, 2016

man in woods

Quite naturally, most of the time, we talk about what can be said in Russian on this blog.  However, surprisingly, there are also things you cannot say. Here are a few missing verb forms and ways to work around them, where possible. Победить Ask any Russian what you cannot say in Russian, and, chances are, they will…

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