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    Help please!

    I've been trying to find the answer to this question and haven't been successful. If I wanted to say "I am" or "I was" or something similar would I use the verb "быть". Thanks!
    ...I'm trying to say 'I am 16' in case that changes anything.
    Jessica Lemachko

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    'I am 16' = 'Мне 16'
    In Russian we don't use the word 'be' in such sentences.

    'I was 14 two yeas ago' = 'Мне было 14 два года назад'
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    Sorry, I do not understand the question.
    need this translate? :
    I am 16. - Мне 16

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    2CoffeeCup: спасибо за объяснения)

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    In the future tense: Мне будет 16.

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    In the present tense, the verb "to be" is almost always omitted.

    "I am a student" = «я студент»
    "I am old" = «я стар/стара» (depending if the speaker is male or female)
    "It is stupid" = «оно глупо»
    "The box is small" = «коробка — мала» (note that here a dash is used to in place of "is", you do not need to use this with pronouns such as «я», «ты», «вы», «он» etc.)

    However, for "I am sixteen [years]", a completely different structure is used - «мне шестнадцать [лет]». Literally, this means "to me sixteen [years]".

    Similarly, for "my name is Jimmy", you wouldn't say «моё имя — Джимми», you say «меня зовут Джимми» - literally "me they call Jimmy".
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    "Есть" в настоящем времени почти всегда опускается в обязательном порядке(is skipped). Исключения(exceptions): в значении "находится", например: "Тут есть вода, в сахарнице есть сахар". И ни в коем случае не путайте есть, который to be и есть который to eat, слова пишутся и произносятся асболютно одинаково.

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