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    -то

    In this sentence:

    мне-то понравился фильм, но ему-то не очень.

    Is the -то on ему really needed, or can i leave it off?

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    Here, those -то's (and slightly unusual word order) just add emphasis. Unless you really need to stress that you and him reacted so, oh so very differently, they can be omitted.
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    Re: -то

    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    мне-то понравился фильм, но ему-то не очень.
    IMHO (and I may be wrong), I think the sentence sounds much better with "ему-то" than with "ему".
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    I'd lose one -то:

    мне-то понравился фильм, но ему не очень

    two of them is an overkill
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    спасибо всем! Вы на грамматике собаку съели.

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    How does "the dog has eaten" translate into "inside out"?
    Or is it just one of those things??
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    I don't know...but I like it!

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    BTW: What is the difference between
    -то and -же ?

    Like in: Он внутри-то, and Он же внутри, both add the emphasis, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fantom605
    How does "the dog has eaten" translate into "inside out"?
    Or is it just one of those things??
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalinka_vinnie
    BTW: What is the difference between
    -то and -же ?

    Like in: Он внутри-то, and Он же внутри, both add the emphasis, no?
    Guess you meant "Он-то внутри" ("[But] he is inside")? "Он внутри-то" would mean something like "[But] inside, he's [got a liver, two kidneys etc.]" and correspond rather to "Внутри же он...".

    "Он-то внутри" stresses the difference between something or something and other objects of this class: "[But] he [unlike us] is inside."

    "Он же внутри" adds emphasis to the actual state of things as opposed to what the speaker or the addressee thought or expected: "[But] he is inside [although we were sure he wasn't]."

    (Not sure that this is a general rule, but works fine with examples from this topic.)
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