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    Write Twenty Sentences on the Board

    Would the following translations be correct, given the context represented in the image? Thanks!

    Write twenty sentences on the blackboard!
    Напишите двадцать предложений на классной доске!

    I will not do anything bad ever again.
    Я не буду ничего плохого делать никогда.

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    1] Whether or not напиши or напишите is used depends on the situation I suppose. I believe Russian does fall into the category of languages that uses the informal (ты) when an adult speaks to a child, regardless of relation.
    предложе́ние literally means pre-pose-al (pose~*ложить), but does mean sentence as well; all good there with cases and whatnot.
    I......... would think you would say "write onto something" with на + acc, otherwise you're standing on top of the board while you write. Could be wrong.
    классая доска is blackboard for classes-- that's correct. I'm fairly sure I've seen cases where классная is left out due to sufficient context.

    2] Я больше не сделаю ничего плохого.
    Idunno... Nothing in Russian will line up word for word because of double negatives and the way Russian expresses "again". I can imagine the argument for Imperfective being used here, and it sure seems convincing enough to me, but it may very well be downright wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobert View Post
    Write twenty sentences on the blackboard!
    Напишите двадцать предложений на классной доске!

    I will not do anything bad ever again.
    Я не буду ничего плохого делать никогда.
    • If the phrase is said by a teacher in a classroom, blackboard is just доска, not классная доска. The latter is used only outside the context for disambiguation reasons.
    • I’d omit the word предложений and used the word раз ‘times’ instead.
    • I will not … ever again.Я больше никогда не буду … (imperf. infinitive) or just Я больше не буду … (imperf. infinitive)
    • The most hard thing for me is translating to do (something) bad. I think, it would be better to replace it with something more specific according to the context. E. g. хулиганить ‘behave like a hooligan’.


    Напиши́ на доске́ два́дцать раз: «Я бо́льше никогда́ не бу́ду хулига́нить».


    (As far as I know, the tradition of writing lines on the blackboard as a punitive measure does not exist in Russian/Soviet schools.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    I believe Russian does fall into the category of languages that uses the informal (ты) when an adult speaks to a child, regardless of relation.
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    I......... would think you would say "write onto something" with на + acc, otherwise you're standing on top of the board while you write. Could be wrong.
    Написать на доске (prep.) is correct.
    One can say переписать из книги на доску or maybe выписать на доску, but not писать/написать. Dunno why.
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