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    пока

    I have some problems in translating the following:
    1. Firstly we all agree that пока means: while, until, for the time being, for now... I cannot thing of other uses.
    2. Now the sentence:

    "Иван вспоминал все новые и новые подропности, пока не потерял оконочателньно уверенности в том, что они (= события) действительно существовали"

    What пока means in this case
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio1986 View Post
    "Иван вспоминал все новые и новые подропности, пока не потерял оконочателньно уверенности в том, что они (= события) действительно существовали"

    What пока means in this case
    пока не - until

    .... until he lost...
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    пока не = till
    Ivan was recalling and recalling new details, till he lost confidence in...

    while = пока (when you imply a long time action; also "while" is used in English as a part of a substitution of adverbial participles - "while he was leaving" and so on)

    Just remember that "пока" and "пока не" are different constructions and that they refer to different situations.
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    Thank you for your answers. I was thinking not to post it ... but obviously I was right to do it. We speak about a construction that I didn't know.
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    Пока вы думали, что значит "пока", я решил добавить ещё несколько значений в копилку:

    Пока = когда
    Он не давал мне покоя пока был живым, теперь он преследует меня, будучи мертвым
    He used to haunt me when he was alive, now he haunts me being dead

    Пока = yet
    Я пока не нашёл ключ к решению этой проблемы
    I haven't found a key to solving this promlem yet.

    I think these are all I can think of for now. Пока! (Bye!)
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