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    Is the pronoun needed? "На каком курсе вы учитесь?"

    На каком курсе учитесь?
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    На каком курсе вы учитесь?

    Is вы needed? The text book thinks so, but when I do the exercises I forget it.

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    Re: Is the pronoun needed? "На каком курсе вы учитесь?"

    Without "вы" (ты) it would be correct but a little bit impolite. It is better to use "вы" (ты) in such questions.
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    Re: Is the pronoun needed? "На каком курсе вы учитесь?"

    In some contexts, you can omit "вы", and it would sound okay. But if it's just a 'neutral' sentence, you should use the pronoun, otherwise the phrase could sound... sort of incomplete.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Is the pronoun needed? "На каком курсе вы учитесь?"

    Thanks!
    Ok for the time being I'll be careful not to "lose" the pronoun!

    I think the reason it happened was that I have some experience of studying French and Spanish. Those language have similar bending of the verbs - so they think that the pronoun isn't needed. It must have got stuck in my brain somehow, so that I incorrectly applied it to Russian.


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    Re: Is the pronoun needed? "На каком курсе вы учитесь?"

    Опустить "вы" вполне нормально, если это продолжение разговора и "вы" уже употреблялось (неоднократно).

    - Вы учитесь или работаете?
    - Учусь в институте.
    - На каком курсе учитесь?
    - На третьем.

    В общем, грамматически в таком предложении все правильно, но есть стилистические особенности.

    - В каком полку служили?

    Такой стиль еще подходит и для обращения к младшему или подчиненному, к которому "вы" употреблять не хочется, а "ты" звучит грубо.

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