The Pronoun Свой: A Complete Guide!

Hi guys,

The pronoun свой was for me one of those things that I’ve always tried to stay away from.

Ну, ладно… “I’ll look at that свой one day”, I kept telling myself.

We, language learners, tend to procrastinate when it comes to nailing down “grey areas” in a language.

However, just like we should never miss an opportunity to practice with native speakers, we should also try to attack those grey areas that create discomfort in the back of our heads.

I finally took the brave decision to throw some light on свой!

If you have also ignored it, I think it’s time we gave it some attention.

In the end, you'll see it’s not that bad.

Read here!

Best, Angelos

June 2, 2016


Here are some example sentences which demonstrate some unusual uses.

Вы уложите только ваши вещи, а он пусть сам свои укладывает. = Pack all your own things and let him pack his own.
Он весь день был сам не свой. = He wasn't himself all day long.
Он у нас свой человек. = He's like one of us.
Вы, я вижу, хотите настоять на своём. = I see you insist on getting your own way.
Отпуск я пороведу в деревне со своими. = I'm going to spend my vacation in the country with my family.
У нас на вечеринке будут только свои. = Only our own group will be at the party.
В своё время = in due time
Кушайте, варенье у нас своё. = Eat it; it's homemade jam.
Он умер своей смертью. = He died a natural death.
Я его не виню, в конце кноцов - своя рубашка ближе к телу. = I don't blame him; after all, you've got to think of yourself first.
--Dictionary of Spoken Russian. (Dover). 1958.

замечательное свойство = remarkable quality
основное свойство = chief, principal, main quality, characteristic
отличительное свойство distinctive quality, characteristic
физические свойства = physical properties
химические свойства = chemical properties
свойства вещества, металлов... = properties of a substance, of a metals... изучать/изучить свойства чего-л. = to study the properties of something
обладать каким-л. свойством = to possess some quality
определять/определить свойства чего-л. = to determine the properties of something
--Russian Word-Collocations: Learner's Dictionary. (Russian Language Publishers). 1979.

June 3, 2016

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June 4, 2016

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    Thank you for sharing! :)

    June 3, 2016

    That ia a very thorough and useful explanation, thank you!

    June 2, 2016

    lol I thought you had written your own guide

    June 2, 2016
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