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    The meaning of так точно

    This is from the Russian lyrics of Spongebob Squarepants

    - Вы готовы дети?
    - Так точно капитан!

    How does так in так точно function? Is it an intensifier of точно? I'm rather confused on the function of так.

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    That is a formal military phrase meaning: "Yes". The opposite would be "Никак нет."

    The meaning of "так" in that phrase is "that way" and the entire phrase literary means "Exactly that way".

    Hope that helps.

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    Here "Так точно" = "Yes, (sir)!". It's a standard affirmative answer used by military personnel. For negative answer there's a set phrase "Никак нет" (="No, (sir)")

    People sometimes use them instead of "yes" and "no" in everyday life to add humor to the situation.

    PS. Oops. Sorry, I was late.

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    You can also use "Есть!" as a military affirmative, right? (Meaning "Yes sir," not "There is".)

    I'm sure I've heard that in movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Throbert McGee View Post
    You can also use "Есть!" as a military affirmative, right? (Meaning "Yes sir," not "There is".)

    I'm sure I've heard that in movies.
    it's actually even more common

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    There are some nuances which can cause misunderstanding (if someday Americans and Russians will fight together).
    "Есть!" implies that a soldier has got an order from the commander. It sounds like "Aye aye sir!" or "Aye aye captain!".
    "Так точно!" means that a soldier agrees with a commander (or other soldiers), literally it sounds like "Exactly so, sir!" but usually it's translated as "Yes, sir!". "Так точно" doesn't mean that a soldier has got a command, it's just a military version of "Yes" or "I agree".
    Throbert McGee,
    So, there is the difference between "Есть" and "Так точно", don't mix them up.

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    To be brief:

    Есть! - Your order is accepted.
    Так точно! - The answer to your question is "Yes".
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    Wow! Fascinating info.

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