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    What is being said in this very short audio file?

    I believe he says 'and here are two beers.' (А вот два пива.) If this is what he says, why does he use 'а' for "and" instead of 'и'? I thought 'а' was used only when making a comparison.

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    Re: What is being said in this very short audio file?

    I can't listen to you audio: when I click on the link, the site asks me to log in...

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    Re: What is being said in this very short audio file?

    "A" can be a conjunction (союз) or an interjection (междометие). When it's a conjunction, it is either connective (in a sense of "and") or adversative (in a sense of "but"). When used as an interjection, it is used to add expressiveness or stress. It adds tonal colour, often emotional. Some common ones, for example, are ах, увы, ну, etc. I'm not sure what level your Russian is but usually interjections in other languages are hard to grasp as they dont have stable meaning/translation. See http://slovari.yandex.ru/dict/ushako...1/us100202.htm.
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    Re: What is being said in this very short audio file?

    Quote Originally Posted by translationsnmru
    I can't listen to you audio: when I click on the link, the site asks me to log in...
    sorry about that. I had somehow set a password by accident. It is removed now.
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    Re: What is being said in this very short audio file?

    Thanks quartz. Hopefully your information will get me headed toward understanding this distinction.
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    Re: What is being said in this very short audio file?

    I am not sure he actually says "А вот два пива". There is something that sounds like a very very short "a" (too short to be an actual word) before "вот", but it may be just a sound of breath or something. OR it may be the second half of an actual "а" that was chopped in half. Not sure.

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    Re: What is being said in this very short audio file?

    There's definitely NO "А" in the phrase.
    If my post contains errors of any kind, I'd appreciate anyone setting me straight.

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    Re: What is being said in this very short audio file?

    without "and" definitely

    Just "here are two beers", but I guess, somebody had ordered 2 glasses of beer and the barman answered: Take you two beers

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