Categories: "Particles" or "Eshchjo" or "Li" or "Te" or "Vot" or "Zhe"

Же

June 15th, 2011
The word же is an emphatic particle, by which we mean it puts emphasis on the preceding word. My first-year college Russian instructor first suggested translating it into English with the phrase ‘in the world.’ I still like that approach after… more »

Ли (часть третья)

January 4th, 2011
Previously we discussed the particle ли in its function of making yes-no questions. It has another function as the equivalent of the English word ‘whether.’ In English ‘whether’ always occurs as the first word in its subordinate clause; ли must always… more »

Ли (часть вторая)

December 30th, 2010
Previously we discussed the particle ли, which turns a statement into a question, and we noted that ли must occur as the second item in the sentence. All our example sentences had a single word before ли. It turns out that certain phrases, that is,… more »

Ли (часть первая)

December 28th, 2010
A reader recently asked me to address the word ли. That's an excellent topic for a beginning Russian blog, but before we talk about ли, we should get a little background information. When Russians ask yes-no questions, they usually use the same words… more »

Да, нет (часть первая)

May 18th, 2010
The standard Russian word for yes is да and for no — нет. For the most part they work pretty much like we would expect: — Ты хочешь чаю? — Да, пожалуйста. “Do you want some tea?” “Yes, please.” — Ты хочешь пойти в кино? — Нет, спасибо. “Do you… more »