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"I was standing behind him."

Translation:Я стоял за ним.

November 27, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moosor

What about я за ним стоял ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mr.somebody.

I answer you as a native Russian speaker that it's correct variant too. There is not clearly word order in Russian like in English. You may say as you want. Wish you good luck. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/servolock

Is there some reason why "за ним я стоял" can't work too?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
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This is a rather unnatural order. I can imagine you uttering this in a heated manner, when someone accuses you of queue jumping (with stress being put on "за ним"), but hardly otherwise.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LingoTimothy

за ним я стоял...... ???? Нет ????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/an_alias

See zirkul's reply to servolock just above.

I'm no expert but I have to say, while some Russian word order sounds unusual to my US English ear, the Russian sentence you (and servo) said sounds positively Yoda-tastic.

“Looking? Found someone you have, eh?”


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spedi880

"я был за ним" is correct ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiv14crmod

Why isn't this word order accepatable? "за ним я стоял" ----- the correct answer in a previous sentence in the exercise was "За ними стоит женщина". A woman is standing behind them". the same word order


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Margaret12807

Can the Russian sentence here be used in a figurative sense like the English can? If not, what way best expresses the figurative meaning?

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