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    отовариваться?

    hi,

    Наконец-то осуществилась мечта советского человека: отовариваться в кремлёвском спецраспределителе.

    I get a dictionary definition for отовариваться as to redeem for merchandise, how does this work in this sentence?

    thanks
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    It just means to buy.

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    Re: отовариваться?

    "Отовариваться" comes from "товар".
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: отовариваться?

    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    hi,

    Наконец-то осуществилась мечта советского человека: отовариваться в кремлёвском спецраспределителе.

    I get a dictionary definition for отовариваться as to redeem for merchandise, how does this work in this sentence?

    thanks
    Отовариться is a soviet concept.
    Back in USSR times there were little a man could buy in a store.
    Instead as a special favour or benefit he could have some opportunities presented by his job to buy things at some procurement bases or elsewhere. Usually that involved some coupons which granted him the right to do it. He bought goods in exchange of these coupons so the verb отоварить means turning that coupons into goods.

    Отовариться don't mean to buy exactly. That meant a man had some special privilegies to buy goods this way.
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    Something strange is going on here... I posted the answer but it did not show.

    Here it is again:

    Отовариваться = to shop, to do shoping

    Simple as that
    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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    shopping. sorry for a typo
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    Also:
    ...to go shopping at...
    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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