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    Captain May I

    What is the proper word to use when asking permission? I have always used "moshna" but I am now unsure if that is universal. Does this express the sense "will I offend you if I do this?"

    Also, when playing a game and come to the point where you are no longer able to make a move - you must turn play over to the next player - I have always said "ya nee magoo". Now, I have learned there is a word "nelzya". What should I be saying in the context of my game-playing?

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    можно - mozhno - May I/ can I? Correct!

    Нельзя - nelzya - means that it is not allowed, an illegal move

    я не могу - ya ne mogu - I can not (go), I think is sufficient

    also useful:

    твоя очередь - tvoya ocherad - your turn
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
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    Thank you. I should have focused on the "your turn" phrase earlier for my game playing conversations...

    As for "may I" -- I also see in my dictionary these phrases:

    разрешите мне
    позволит мне
    позвольте мне

    How are these distinguished from "я могу" and its variants?

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    разрешите - Allow me (formal)
    позвольте - Permit me (formal)

    I wouldn't recommend using these during a game, unless it is against a grandmaster and you are kicking his behind
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
    I am a notourriouse misspeller. Be easy on me.
    Пожалуйста! Исправляйте мои глупые ошибки (но оставьте умные)!
    Yo hablo español mejor que tú.
    Trusnse kal'rt eturule sikay!!! ))

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