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    реденькие

    How do you translate the following paragraph? In particular what does реденькие mean?

    Я шел по мягкой пыльной дороге, спускался в овраги, поднимался на пригорки, проходил реденькие сосновые борки с застоявшимся запахом смолы и земляники, снова выходил в поле... Никто не догонял меня, никто не попадался навстречу -- я был один в ночи.

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    Это уменьшительное от редкие.
    Можно перевести как sparce.
    Единственное, что люди любят давать бесплатно - это советы.

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    I plugged this into an online translator and this is what came out.

    I went on soft dusty road, went down in ravines, climed up the knolls, passed sparse pine borki with the stale smell of pitch and wild strawberry, again left on the floor... Nobody caught up with me, nobody came across towards - I was alone in the night.

    I don't know what borki is.
    Какая разница, умереть богатым или бедным?

    Какой толк от богатства если ты не счастлив.

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    бор - a pine forest
    борок - a small pine forest (diminutive)
    борки - small pine forests
    Gib immer 100% bei der Arbeit: 12% am Montag, 23% am Dienstag, 40% am Mittwoch, 20% am Donnerstag, 5% am Freitag ...

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    That online translator disgraced itself

    снова выходил в поле - again left on the floor
    Nonsense. It should be
    came out into the field again
    or sth like that
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    So, what does the word реденькие mean here? Surely not"sparse"?
    Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself. - Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDT
    So, what does the word реденькие mean here? Surely not"sparse"?
    Why not?
    реденькие сосновые борки = very small pine forests with a few rare trees

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    I see the rootword for "rare" in реденькие but реденькие looked like a noun to me. That's all!
    Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself. - Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

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    "Реденький" is a diminutive from "редкий". Bisquit has already said it ("Это уменьшительное от редкие").
    scarce, sparse, rare etc.
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