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Do unschooled people use cases correctly, e.g. in Germany and in Russia?
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Though as some other posters have noted, some Russians may use dialect case forms, anyone who is out of diapers uses the full case system. Case is a core concept of the language. The very idea that ...

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Why is the verb "to need" and "to observe" always imperfective in Slavic languages?
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I believe you are asking this question because you have read that the perfective is used for completed actions. This is perfectly true. But it is important to understand in what sense they are ...

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Why did English stop using thou?
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I believe @MarkD's answer is on the right track. I have noticed that in Shakespeare it is quite common for one character to address another as "thou" who in turn addresses him as "you&...

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