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    Homework help please

    I have a language learning deal with a Latvian lady whose English is better than my Russian but not so good that I have understood my home task. If I understand her handwriting correctly, she has written:
    Как - нибудь
    Когда - нибудь
    Гдe - нибудь
    I thought I would find the repeated word in the dictionary in order to make sense of the task but couldn't find it and so cannot write the several sentences under each heading, that were required.
    I assume it is something to do with the imperative of быть?
    Can anyone enlighten me please?

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    Где-нибудь = somewhere
    Как-нибудь = somehow
    Когда-нибудь = somewhen
    Кто-нибудь = somebody

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    I didn't think to look them up as phrases. Thanks very much for your swift assistance Kotlomoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kotlomoy
    Где-нибудь = somewhere
    Как-нибудь = somehow
    Когда-нибудь = somewhen
    Кто-нибудь = somebody
    No.
    More correctly they are:

    Как-нибудь = anyhow
    Когда-нибудь = anywhere
    Кто-нибудь = anyone

    some- usually corresponds to -то. as is: кто-то, although the Russian and English do not always exactly correspond.
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    Thank you Taty. I think this lesson will stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave T
    I didn't think to look them up as phrases.
    They are not phrases. They are words with hyphens.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    I stand corrected!

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    There’s a feeling that something’s not right with the somewhen. I don’t remember I’ve ever seen this word used at all though formally it’s OK. Correct me if I’m wrong. I’d suggest sometime or someday for когда-нибудь.
    As for TATY's anywhere and anyone I'd say Don't fix it if it ain't broke. Anywhere is где угодно, везде и т.п. but not когда-нибудь and what's wrong with somebody or anybody anyway?

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    "somewhen" did you just make this up? Oh, I see, I just checked - it ain't a standard word anymore.

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