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"Где офисы?"

Translation:Where are the offices?

December 14, 2015



How do you know when to add 'bl' versus 'и' to make a word plural?

January 14, 2016


After Г, К, Х, Ж, Ч, Ш, Щ, you always use И

Source: http://www.russianlessons.net/grammar/spelling_rules.php

February 13, 2016


Basically, и comes after a soft consonants (which are indicated by either a soft sign ь or the vowels я, ё, ю, и and е) and ы comes after hard consonants (which are indicated by the perceding vowel, i.e. а, о, у, ы and э).

Never use ы after the velar consonants г, к, х or the hushes ж, ш, ч, щ; use the vowel и instead. This is called the 7-letter rule.

If you don’t know what palatalization is, it means that the consonant is produced with the body of your tongue pressed against the hard pallate (http://goo.gl/grwypl). This is very important in Russian since the language uses it to differentiate between words.

Try to here the difference between:

·угол ‘corner’ http://goo.gl/5CBXCq and уголь ‘coal’ http://goo.gl/2yJauB. ·(он/оно/она) ест ‘(he/it/she) eats’ ·the б in быть ‘to be’ http://goo.gl/rlDvGQ and бить ‘to beat’ http://goo.gl/vk4D87. ·шест ‘pole’ http://goo.gl/YGqViM and шесть ‘six. http://goo.gl/7MIfyo.

I also recommend reading this article about just palatalization: http://goo.gl/jcBppQ. If you prefer video format, here you go: http://goo.gl/HnIIYn.

Just ask if you have any questions!

August 27, 2016


And also use и if the noun ends with a soft sign in singular, eg жизнь -> жизни. If you're up for it, it's worth reading up on Russian hard and soft consonants.

June 28, 2016


Is there a particular way emphasis or otherwise you would differentiate "where are offices" (in the area) and "where are the offices" (I.e. the particular offices your looking for)?

December 14, 2015

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Most of the time context takes care of that. However, if you feel pressed to emphasise "the", you can simply use "эти" - "these".

December 14, 2015



December 14, 2015


what would be the words for 'officers' and 'officials'?

August 16, 2017

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Officer - офицер (plural - офицеры);
Official - официальное лицо (literally - official face).

August 16, 2017


But keep in mind офицер means only military officer. Never civil.

November 19, 2017


Thanks very much.

August 17, 2017


The male voice sounds like it's saying, "Где офис?" rather than "Где офисы?" --- i.e. the ы is inaudible.

March 28, 2019
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