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Prepositions of Direction in Russian Posted by on Jan 16, 2020


This post will talk about Russian prepositions that are used for talking about motion in Russian. Let’s look at some common cases. От От means “from” but this translation alone may not be helpful because из can mean “from,” too. От is used in the following cases: sender or source of information Мы узна́ли о…

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How to Pronounce Russian Prepositions Posted by on Apr 10, 2019

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Have you ever struggled to pronounce these odd-looking one-letter prepositions in Russian? Especially if that letter was a consonant? The trick is to stop enunciating them and to attach them to the word that follows. Let’s break it down case by case. One-Consonant Pronouns Many Russian prepositions (предло́ги) only have one letter, a consonant at…

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Before and After: Prepositions of Time in Russian Posted by on Feb 22, 2018


We’ve looked at conjunctions that let you express temporal relationships in a sentence. Now let us look at some prepositions you can use to indicate when something happened. Previous events До + genitive case До is used before a noun or a pronoun to refer to the time before something else happens. Рефера́т на́до сдать…

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Two Ways of Saying “For” in Russian: What’s The Difference Between Для And За? Posted by on Aug 3, 2017

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If you look up “for” in a Russian dictionary, you will see at least two options — для and за. I will list some of the most common scenarios where you would use either preposition so you can grasp the difference better. За + accusative Support За expresses someone’s support of a particular cause, candidate…

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“В” Or “На” with Places and Events in Russian — Part II Posted by on Feb 1, 2017


Last time, we looked at the expressions for various events and places with в or на. Let’s look at a couple more categories. Like last time, I will be listing the prepositional case for location (“in the theater”); remember to use the accusative case for direction (“to the theater”). Entertainment Venues With В Many entertainment…

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“В” or “на” with Places and Events in Russian — Part I Posted by on Jan 25, 2017

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Phrases with prepositions to refer to a place or event are fairly frequent in all levels of Russian. At the same time, these structures are not quite regular, which can be frustrating even for experienced learners. Many cases are determined by convention more than logic, but we’ll try to group these expressions according to the…

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

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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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