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Я: Quick Question

Hello everyone!

I just have a quick question about the use of the letter/pronoun "Я" in the Russian language.

According to the Russian course on Duolingo, "Я" is a letter in the Cyrillic alphabet, and additionally the pronoun "I".

My question is:

Since the letter "I" in English is always capitalized, do the same rules apply to "Я"? Or are there exceptions?

Thanks!

2 years ago

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In Russian, all pronouns are written with a small letter:

Это я/мы/ты/вы/он/она/оно/они.

There is the only exception which is to capitalize the pronoun вы ( -> Вы) when you want to show your respect for someone who you address to (but there are a number of other reasons as well). See here

2 years ago

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Thank you so much!

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No problem! <3

2 years ago

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If you don't mind me asking, how long have you been studying Russian?

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I have studied Ukrainian since it came out, about six months ago. Russian I have studied before it came out, on Memrise. So, about a year for Russian. I know basic Russian, but Duolingo has been great for review.

2 years ago

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Nice! Do you mind if I follow you?

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Go ahead!

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Never capitalized :) Only if you put it in the beginning of the sentence, for example:

I go to school. - Я хожу в школу.

Yesterday I went to the market. - Вчера я ходил на рынок.

2 years ago

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Thank you so much!

2 years ago