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What is the meaning of "бавовна" (cotton) referring to explosions?

Бавовна /bavóvna/ is a recently-introduced meme about the current russo-Ukrainian war (2014-current). It is, indeed, a linguistic phenomenon. There are three factors at play here: Throughout recent ...
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Is there a significant sound difference between Й and Ь?

This one is a tough question. Phonetic Difference Is there something I'm missing? Й is a full-featured consonant, while Ь is a phonological aspect that affects the preceding consonant. ...
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Can "з" be used without a word following it?

That with and the like at the end of the sentence is very typical of English (and some other Germanic languages), but it is absolutely un-Slavic in general and un-Ukrainian in particular. That is ...
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Conventions for the omission of verb `Є`

TL/DR Maybe the most important rule to know: em-dash is used if Predicate is a Noun/Nominative. The rest of cases are really rare. The verb "to be" has several essentially different meanings: be in ...
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How to figure out how many syllables Голубамголовивідкушувальне has

What's this It seems that this is a closed compound word, which appears to be a neologism with which hosts of this show came up on the fly. This kind of words (Ukr. — голофрастичне утворення/...
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The proper way to express a great gratitude in Ukrainian

Addressing a cashier in a shop seems to be somewhere between the official communication and the friends' talk. So your goal is somewhere between the "formal" addressing (long but most ...
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Is "vehicle" really "транспортний засіб"? Do people say that?

Is vehicle really транспортний засіб? Yes, but itʼs канцеляризм which means bureaucratic jargon, officialese. Also itʼs maybe calque from Russian officialese during USSR. You may find it, as you told,...
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Is it a strong requirement to use vocative in Ukrainian language?

To cut a long story short: yes, it is obligatory when you address someone. It is hard to prove that some case is as normal as any other, but in "Правопис" you'll find no notes about vocative case ...
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When I come to Kyiv, is it possible to learn Ukrainian on the streets or should I visit some special places for this purpose?

It is very important to distinguish between the concepts of "native language" and "language, one prefers to speak in everyday life". The other answer to the stated question, used native language ...
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Is it correct (or obligatory) to put a comma before the word "що" in Ukrainian?

No, not always. Що may have several functions: A demonstrating pronoun (cf. English what) Що ти читав учора? — "What did you read yesterday?" Since we have free word order, the ...
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Якраз meaning "actually"

Dictionaries, indeed, translate якраз as actually. The problem is that both якраз and actually have several different meanings that do not perfectly match: Actually (1) = really; in fact; I will ...
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Is there a significant sound difference between Й and Ь?

Letter Я can actually represent one or two sounds depending on its position in word and the letter it follows. Я should be pronounced as /йа/ in the following cases: Я is the first letter: яблуко — /...
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Casual response to "What time is it?"

Yes, there is a casual way to tell time in Ukrainian. General pattern Native speakers simply omit words "година" and "хвилина". In most cases you'll be fine, if you stick to this pattern. Based on ...
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What is the meaning of Shcho na khuy... something

The answer is, we don't know, we can only try guessing. In every language, colloquial communication, especially the one that uses obscene lexic and swear words, undergo a blooming word formation. ...
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Ukrainian formal/professional direct address

As @Sasha mentioned in their comment, there's no word that is used only when addressing. Likewise in English, historically, "sir" used to mean, "owner, master, landlord". However, ...
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Comprehensive rules for noun case endings

Your question is in the list of candidates for closing with reason "primarily opinion-based". I agree that it really is a such; please try rephrasing it. Still, I'll try to answer this question as is, ...
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When I come to Kyiv, is it possible to learn Ukrainian on the streets or should I visit some special places for this purpose?

According to the last census (2001, data for the Kyiv city (in Ukrainian only), data for the Kyiv region (in English)) you have roughly 70% chance to be answered in Ukrainian, which is 2 out every 3 ...
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Я бачив дім means I saw a house or I saw the house or both?

It depends on the context. If you want to stress it that you saw this specific house, you might use demonstrative pronouns like "цей" ("this") or "той" ("that")....
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Does the letter "т" in Russian tend to be "ч" in its Ukrainian parallel?

First off, a small correction: it has nothing to do with the orthography (I have retagged the question); the sounds alternate, and the written letters only follow the pronunciation. The Consonant ...
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What are the major pronunciation mistakes of Italians speaking Ukrainian?

Good job! Your pronunciation is far, far better than anyone else's known to me. A few words have unusual stress, but keep in mind that every live language has dialects, and stress patterns and prosody ...
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What could "kn." abbreviation stand for?

is there an online list of Ukrainian abbreviations where I could have found this? For example: http://abbrs.info/ Chuzhynoiu: kn. VII describes an edition of a book by Oleksandr Oles'. What does kn. ...
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The proper way to express a great gratitude in Ukrainian

All options are good and are used. I prefer to say Щиро дякую because it is short and sounds very natural in Ukrainian. I personally dislike спасибі because it's very close to Russian спасибо so it ...
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"Alex": Олександр чи Олексій для міжнародного спілкування та аліасів в онлайн сервісах

Затверджені правила скорочень українських імен мені невідомі. Особливо щодо скорочень латиницею, адже це досить нова тенденція. Спроби згадати варіації імен на Полтавщині наштовхнули на думку, що ...
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What is the difference between допомагати and допомогти?

Допомагати is an imperfective verb (aspect), and допомогти is a perfective verb (aspect). These are typical variations of verbs in Slavic languages, more in English here. Imperfective verbs convey: ...
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Is "Я ходив у банк вчора" a sensible sentence, or should it use пішов?

Both verbs have numerous meanings. I'm afraid you would need to memorize their usage instead of trying to dig for some solid rule or logic. One more note. As an avid user of DuoLingo myself, let me ...
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when do plurals end in -і vs -и?

Or is the explanation on that page just wrong? Maybe more correctly: very simplified, therefore wrong. Actually, thereʼre exceptions and Ukrainian has three groups: Hard where any word ends with any ...
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Under what circumstances are the archaic conjugations of бути used?

In the dialect of the Pokuttya region, the present-day Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, the present tense forms of "бути" were used together with participles in -в, -ла, -ло, -ли to form the past ...
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What kind of grammatical errors would I use to make a joke about how I can't speak Ukrainian?

An equivalent for I no speak the English very good. could be Моя не говорити український дуже добре. Compare it with a correct version: Я не дуже добре говорю українською [по-українськи]. ...
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Is there a significant sound difference between Й and Ь?

Well, first thing that I want to say: Ь does not have a sound (but instead "softens" the previous consonant) is simply wrong from international point of view. It looks like true from point of view ...
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How do you say "gaming series" in Ukrainian?

The edited question seems to be more clear, so let me suggest another translation: серія ігор The literal one-to-one translation does not work every time, especially if it is about a pair of distant ...
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