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Comment from: Richard [Visitor]
Shouldn't the past and future perfective use the prefix "вы"? Typo?

Don responds: Aargh! This is what I get for having rushed this week's entries. Thanks! They have been corrected.
09/29/11 @ 15:47
Comment from: Joke [Visitor]
Are you sure the past perfective in the scheme is correct? It differs a lot from the forms used in the examples and it doesn't look 'perfectly regular' to me.

Don responds: Thanks! They have been corrected.
09/30/11 @ 05:14
Comment from: Shady_arc [Visitor]
Я сегодня должна выучить наизусть квадратное уравнение. --> I am not sure whether the sentence is supposed to make sense, even in English. Probably, you can say such a thing in English, but in Russian the statement is explicitly about memorizing the equation (and not about learning how to solve it or, maybe, learning the paragraph "Quadratic Equations" in textbook by heart).
It is grammatical, though. My only concern is the meaning, as in Russian school you rarely learn by heart something other than poems or citites/rivers/regions (for geography classes). Actually, "учить наизусть" is an expression primarily associated with memorizing poems at school.

Don responds: Interesting. When I first thought up the sentence, I was remembering junior high school. We had to memorize the quadratic equation to find the X-axis intersections of a parabola and then apply it during exams. The form we had to memorize was not the simple

ax2 + bx + c = 0

but rather

So that was what I had in mind.

It's really valuable for us Americans to know, though, what contexts a phrase is used in in Russia, so the fact that it sounds odd in regards to the equation but fine in regard to lists of words or geographical locations is a marvelous thing for me learn. Thanks, Shady!

10/05/11 @ 06:26
Comment from: stranger [Visitor]
"Советского Союза." First letters are capitals. Typo.

Don responds: Thanks! Error corrected.
11/27/11 @ 10:09
Comment from: MMM [Visitor] Email
Следует написать, что наизусть нужно выучить решение (ну или вид, смотря, что именно нужно учить) квадратного уравнения.
02/07/14 @ 05:01

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