by Timur  

The Russian word for a rough draft copy or a notebook where an author outlines his/her story, writes down ideas, and etc. is черновик.

Черновики are especially popular with teachers in Russian elementary schools. I remember having to first do my classwork and homework in a черновик before carefully copying the final version into an exercise book without any errors and turning it in. These rough draft notebooks were usually mandatory and each student had to keep one for a grade.

Puskin's notes

Alexander Pushkin, a famous Russian poet, often drew sketches of his characters in his rough drafts, next to their line descriptions. Pictured above is a rough draft for the second canto of his celebrated novel in verse "Eugine Onegine."
Image taken from feb-web.ru.


Here are some examples with the word черновик:

У Mиши в черновике много клякс и исправлений. Misha's rough draft has a lot of inkblots and corrections.
Я понимаю, что здесь сложно что-нибудь понять, ведь это только черновик. I understand that it’s hard to understand anything here, it’s only a rough draft .
Она сразу написала это сочинение и даже не не посмотрела в черновик. She wrote this essay right away and didn’t even look at the rough draft.
Bот и еще один черновик очередной, незаконченной статьи. And here is one more rough draft of another unfinished article.


Comment from: MMM [Visitor]  

По-моему, вполне можно сказать, что данные были записаны в черновик, если речь идёт действительно о данных, а не о сочинении и т.д.

02/05/14 @ 13:02
Comment from: Max [Visitor]

“Mиша записал все данные в свой красный черновик.”
I can’t imagine russian to say such frase. You can’t put any data in черновик, this word isn’t used in this way.
P.S Или мне перестать уже пытаться писать по-английски?

Don responds: Max, thanks for your input. If we are thinking about a schoolchild’s черновик, then one does not expect данные to be put there. But if you imagine that it is черновик диплома по экономике, then all sorts of economic data might be written in it, so I think the sentence holds up grammatically.

11/29/09 @ 02:49

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