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Comment from: Richard [Visitor]
Very neat and very helpful! The building blocks aspect of Russian is really cool!

Question: you used "наконец-то" rather than just "наконец", what purpose does the suffix "-то" serve in this context?

All in all, good summer reading! ;-)

Don responds: In this context the -то just makes the наконец slightly more emphatic.
07/05/12 @ 10:19
Comment from: Richard [Visitor]
Thanks for the answer Don. If we could pursue this a bit further, can you add "-то" to any word to give that word more emphasis? For example, I came across a sentence recently that used "денег-то". Are there any hard and fast rules for the use of "-то"? Rules regarding which part of speech it can be appended to, etc.?

Don responds: I'm afraid I have to claim ignorance here; I've never done a proper study of when -то is used and when not. I have heard it quite a bit in «Я-то?» when a speaker is clarifying whether the preceding statement applied to him/her. My general impression is that it is used for mild emphasis.
07/09/12 @ 14:53
Comment from: Richard [Visitor]
The use of the suffix "-то" seems to be ambiguous. I found this discussion which hopefully will prove helpful:

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2426807
07/21/12 @ 12:11

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