Flexible words order in Russian

  1. Flexible words order in Russian.

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Words in English are like soldiers in a strict order.

Words in Russian are like dogs waging their tails depending on the mood.

That’s why we can afford flexible (but not random) word order.

Accusative case is also used to speak about the direct object. It is used after such verbs as

Люби́ть – to love

Ненави́деть – to hate

Уби́ть – to kill

Есть (съесть) – to eat

Ви́деть – to see

Without preposition, like in these examples:

Ко́шка съе́ла ры́бу.

Is the same as

Ры́бу съе́ла ко́шка.

(And it’s not about the shark that has eaten a poor cat).

Джо́н уби́л Дже́ка.

Is the same as

Дже́ка уби́л Джо́н.

(It means John killed Jack even if we move Jack to the first place in the sentence)

А́нна лю́бит ры́бу.

Is the same as

Ры́бу лю́бит А́нна.

(Anna loves fish and we know nothing about the feelings of the fish to Anna.)

We often move words we want to stress to the beginning of the sentence:

В Москве́ я живу́! (А не в Ленингра́де). A phrase from the famous soviet film “Ирония судьбы или с лёгким паром».

We also put the most important information at the end and stress it with intonation

Мы работаем здесь. (We work here) (Where? Где?)

Здесь работаем мы. (Who? Кто?)

Мы здесь работаем (What are we doing? Что делаем?)


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