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    простой : easy and / or irrelevant

    The word "simple" has at least two meanings in various languages. I would like to know if in Russian it is like this. The article in which is the phrase that I quote deals with relations between different wifes of a man in a polygamic/polygamous (?) family. The phrase is:
    Сотрудничество между жёнaми - не простая формальность.
    According with the translation: "Cooperation among wifes is not a simple formality (it is more that a formality)" or "... is not a formality simple (it is a difficult one)" the sense differs widely. Both translations are possible in Russian? According with what follows the meaning is the first ("it is more than a formality"), but in dictionaries a see for простой just the meaning of "easy, not difficult". Thank you
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    Простой can be easy and simple.
    In your case it'll be "не простая формальность" and means it's more than just a formality. If you wanted to say it's difficult, you'd say: "это непростая формальность".

    pay attention to the space between не and простая.
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    Re: простой : easy and / or irrelevant

    Quote Originally Posted by Vladi
    The word "simple" has at least two meanings in various languages. I would like to know if in Russian it is like this. The article in which is the phrase that I quote deals with relations between different wifes of a man in a polygamic/polygamous (?) family. The phrase is:
    Сотрудничество между жёнaми - не простая формальность.
    According with the translation: "Cooperation among wifes is not a simple formality (it is more that a formality)" or "... is not a formality simple (it is a difficult one)" the sense differs widely. Both translations are possible in Russian? According with what follows the meaning is the first ("it is more than a formality"), but in dictionaries a see for простой just the meaning of "easy, not difficult". Thank you
    "простая формальность" = "просто (just, only, simply) формальность".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent Tailors
    Простой can be easy and simple.
    In your case it'll be "не простая формальность" and means it's more than just a formality. If you wanted to say it's difficult, you'd say: "это непростая формальность".

    pay attention to the space between не and простая.
    "Это связано с непростыми формальностями (plural)" would be better.
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    "Простая формальность" is an idiomatic expression that means "smth for show, for appearance, for bureaucracy, nothing more"
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    Re: простой : easy and / or irrelevant

    Quote Originally Posted by Vladi
    The word "simple" has at least two meanings in various languages. I would like to know if in Russian it is like this. The article in which is the phrase that I quote deals with relations between different wifes of a man in a polygamic/polygamous (?) family. The phrase is:
    Сотрудничество между жёнaми - не простая формальность.
    According with the translation: "Cooperation among wifes is not a simple formality (it is more that a formality)" or "... is not a formality simple (it is a difficult one)" the sense differs widely. Both translations are possible in Russian? According with what follows the meaning is the first ("it is more than a formality"), but in dictionaries a see for простой just the meaning of "easy, not difficult". Thank you
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    Thanks for ur help. As for "wifes" instead of "wives" I promise here in front of the world that as soon as I master Russian (it's only matter of 3 or 4 [years, quinquennial plans, or decades]) I will put myself down to improve my English.
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    Just move to Scotland. "Wifes" is an acceptable plural there

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotcher
    Just move to Scotland. "Wifes" is an acceptable plural there
    What about wifies?
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    Aye, them too.

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