Might киоск be translated as kiosk as well? Or is booth a better translation?
Yes, the dictionary lists both 'booth' and 'kiosk' (also 'stand' and 'stall') as translations of кио́ск.
buy the tickets at the booth, rather than in the booth, is more idiomatic English
I submitted a report asking for it to accept 'Buy tickets from the kiosk' as generally you do not go into the kiosk, but purchase through the window. So at the kiosk, or from the kiosk is more appropriate in my opinion.
Like Captain000, I reported "Buy tickets from the kiosk" as a possible answer. I think this is more frequently used English than "in the kiosk". Also "Buy tickets at the booth" would be another good choice, as SeppoKorpe suggested
"Покупка" is a noun. So it can mean "purchase" but not in this case. As for a verb "to purchase" it would be better translated as "приобрести".
Yes, купи́ is imperative singular. (I.e. you use it with people you address with «ты», for friends, younger children, and sometimes for people you perceive as peers).
There's also imperative plural form, купи́те. It's used for people you address with «вы» (i.e. for several people, or to show politeness when addressing one person.)
Is билет for a plane, or the theatre, or both? In English, ticket is a very general word, but in Spanish, for example, the word for a plane ticket is different from a cinema ticket.
Билет can be used for both a theatre or a plane.
It doesn't want to accept the word "newsstand" as a translation of "киоск", even though I presume it's the same place - место, где продаваются газеты.
This raises an interesting question. Is this Russian sentence more likely to be about something like a freestanding newsstand — are tickets for something or other sold at such establishments in Russia? — or about the Russian equivalent of a stadium or concert venue box office? At the moment I'm having visions of the tent erected at the local Russian Orthodox church's cultural festival where they were selling meal tickets and the like, which may or may not have been labeled "киоск."
This is a киоск (this particular one is of "театральная касса" kind - sells theater tickets):
If you can go inside, it becomes "торговый павильон". I think "ларёк" covers both kinds.
This is not a киоск (although such vending machines are called kiosks in English):
It looks like the second picture in mosfet07's post is no longer available.
It was something along these lines:
are tickets for something or other sold at such establishments in Russia?
I think lottery tickets (лотере́йные биле́ты) could be sold in freestanding newsstands.
There are no waterproof rules but the general rule is "в" for "enclosed" spaces that have walls or clear borders and "на" for open spaces or events.
- this gives the rather counter-intuitive (in modern world) на вокзале and на почте. As a rule, major railway stations and post offices are buildings these days.
Is there a rule that imperative sentences should end in an exclamation mark in English? I'm pretty sure we don't have such a rule in Russian (in fact, adding an exclamation mark will make this sentence look very impolite, as if you're shouting).
Same in English, we don't use exclamation marks with imperative sentences normally.
Hmm. I was taught in school that imperatives require an exclamation mark. Maybe that is why the British tend to avoid using the imperative except when actually giving a command...
For me "close the door, please" - said without an exclamation mark - is an OK way to ask. Reinforcing the stereotype of the Brits being more polite, I guess :-) If I was asking for something more significant than just pushing the door closed behind you, I would probably go with something more like your polite construction.
That's interesting. Would you say an exclamation mark is required with e.g. "please close the door"? To me using an exclamation mark makes it sound far less polite, for more demanding.
Well, the polite way is to say: would you close the door please?
Close the door please! is giving an order, gently.
Close the door! is giving an order, forcefully.
It absolutely is not required. Imperative sentences and exclamations are separate concepts.
Friend TriggerSmooth: I am neither fluent in Russian nor a linguist, but it is my understanding that the following is true. The “imperative” in Russian is one of four “moods”, and is used to give commands or advice. The other three moods are: Indicative; Conditional; and Subjunctive. A “tense” refers to the time of the action or state indicated by the verb. Therefore, the “imperative” is not a “tense.”
Because kiosks sell many different things besides newspapers. It would be like saying the "jeweler's" is a valid substitute for "store".