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Offline zwh

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on: October 20, 2015, 17:17
07/07/2015  Simon
много где

In the Russian lesson I worked on today there was an interesting expression – много где (mnogo gde) – which is a colloquial way of saying “many places” or “lots of places”, and literally means “many where”.

It’s used in the following context:

– где ты был, кроме России?
(gde ty byl, krome Rossii?)
where have you been besides Russia?

– Я много где был, в Европе и Азии.
(Ya mnogo gde byl, v Yevrope i Azii.)
I’ve been to lots of places in Europe and Asia.

Related Russian words include:
– где-то (gde-to) = somewhere
– где-нибудь (gde-nibyd’) = anywhere / somewhere
– нигде (nigde) – nowhere

In English we have somewhere, nowhere and anywhere, but not manywhere, which seems like it could be a useful word. Do any other languages have a word like this?


Darren Paine says:
08/07/2015 at 2:27 am

Hi Simon, interesting post! I also like the related word:
негде (negde) – (there is) nowhere

It’s used with the infinitive of the verb in impersonal expressions like
Мне негде жить (mne negde zhit’) – There is nowhere for me to live.

I love the way Russian can be so succinct!


pittmirg says:
11/07/2015 at 7:22 pm

Polish has mało gdzie “in few places, ‘littlewhere'” but there’s no equivalent construction for “many”, you have to use the prepositional phrase w wielu miejscach “in many places”. Doesn’t Russian have мало где, too?


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