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    рассчитать or посчитать

    - How many students they are in the bus.
    - I have counted (I was pointing with my fingers on every student) that in the bus there are 25 students
    - No they should be 27
    - Yes I forgot to count the 2 that they returned back with private vehicles.
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    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    посчитать is about making basic calculations, like you said putting a finger on each object to be counted
    рассчитать is about complex calculations, like when you need to first calculate a bunch of variables and then make a final calculation using those numbers. E.g. Рассчитать скорость вращения планет, рассчитать расстояние etc.
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    Я считал, пересчитал, посчитал учеников, и в итоге насчитал 25 (у меня получилось 25).

    Подробнее здесь:

    Кстати, цыплят по осени считают!
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    "Невозможно передать смысл иностранной фразы, не разрушив при этом её первоначальную структуру."

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    Посчитать = to count (number of students, apples, whatever)

    Подсчитать = to count but using some effort (867 roubles + 300 roubles for delivery = ...)

    Рассчитать = to calculate using mathematics, computer programms - the capacity in construction and so on
    or (Рассчитать прислугу (old\rarely) = to pay wage to servants)
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