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    Is this good Russian?

    I learned the meanings of these two phrases, but the syntax is so odd, I wonder what you native Russian speakers think of them?

    "без нас займут лучшие места."
    English: "we won't get good seats."


    "Тому стало здорово не по себе"
    English: "He started to get worried"

    Is this how Russians would usually express themselves??
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    Re: Is this good Russian?

    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    I learned the meanings of these two phrases, but the syntax is so odd, I wonder what you native Russian speakers think of them?

    "без нас займут лучшие места."
    English: "we won't get good seats."


    "Тому стало здорово не по себе"
    English: "He started to get worried"

    Is this how Russians would usually express themselves??
    без наc займут лучшие места - (they) will occupy the best seats without us.

    Тому стало здорово не по себе - he felt uneasy.

    It's something that can be found in some literature but seldon in the spoken language.
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    Спасибо!

    How would you say in Russian: Hurry, so we can get good seats!
    I would write: Спешим, надо быстро достать хорошие места!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Спасибо!

    How would you say in Russian: Hurry, so we can get good seats!
    I would write: Спешим, надо быстро достать хорошие места!
    Давай живее, а то хороших мест не достанется. (speech)

    Надо торопиться (поспешить), чтобы занять хорошие места (more literary)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Давай живее
    "Давай быстрее" тоже ок
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Тому стало здорово не по себе - he felt very uneasy.
    here здорово doesn't mean "good", but was used to emphasize the uneasy part. здорово could be substituted with сильно here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Тому стало здорово не по себе - he felt very uneasy.
    here здорово doesn't mean "good", but was used to emphasize the uneasy part. здорово could be substituted with сильно here.
    IMHO, очень is better.
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    Siriusly, "здорово не по себе" is ok, "очень не по себе" is not better - "здорово не по себе" is just more emotional, more colloquial.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Is this good Russian?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    без наc займут лучшие места - (they) will occupy the best seats without us.

    It's something that can be found in some literature but seldon in the spoken language.
    I think that pfrase is quite natural. How else you can say that?
    Well, you can say "Пока нас нет" instead of "без нас", but it's all the same.

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    Re: Is this good Russian?

    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    без наc займут лучшие места - (they) will occupy the best seats without us.

    It's something that can be found in some literature but seldon in the spoken language.
    I think that pfrase is quite natural. How else you can say that?
    Well, you can say "Пока нас нет" instead of "без нас", but it's all the same.
    See my above post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    "Давай быстрее" тоже OK

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    Re: Is this good Russian?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    без наc займут лучшие места - (they) will occupy the best seats without us.

    It's something that can be found in some literature but seldon in the spoken language.
    I think that pfrase is quite natural. How else you can say that?
    Well, you can say "Пока нас нет" instead of "без нас", but it's all the same.
    See my above post?
    "Идем, а то без нас все места займут"? Probably exactly what I would say in such a situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Siriusly, "здорово не по себе" is ok, "очень не по себе" is not better - "здорово не по себе" is just more emotional, more colloquial.
    Да нет, вполне литературное выражение.
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    [quote=mishau_]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Оля":1qfsgqp4
    Siriusly, "здорово не по себе" is ok, "очень не по себе" is not better - "здорово не по себе" is just more emotional, more colloquial.
    Да нет, вполне литературное выражение.[/quote:1qfsgqp4]
    Я не говорила, что оно нелитературное.
    Я только сказала, что оно более разговорное и менее нейтральное, чем "очень не по себе".
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    Those two sentences are examples of perfectly correct natural Russian. That's what native speakers would say.
    Show yourself - destroy our fears - release your mask

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    "C'mon quick, or we won't get decent seats."

    This is the exact sentence that is being discussed. It's from HP and the Goblet of Fire. Maybe this will help your discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    "C'mon quick, or we won't get decent seats."
    Давайте быстрее или нам не достанется приличных мест.
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