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    1. Вот: СССР и Афганистан на протяжении длительного исторического периода связывают дружеские отношения.
    This sentence seems to use the present tense связывают to indicate a process that has been going on for awhile. It would translate like: "USSR and Afghanistan are binding ties of friendship for a long time."
    But the meaning is more like: " USSR and Afghanistan have been bound by ties of friendship for a very long time." Anyone know what I'm talking about?

    2. ...физиономия такая, будто в детстве лицом на асфальт упал... он
    терпит, который уж месяц терпит дедов... ничего, Мышковский, мы сделаем из тебя десантника...
    Note: дедов=older officers
    How can I make sense of "который уж месяц"?

    3. Вначале, для разминки, баловались - по камням, по кустикам палили, пристреливались с высоты горки. Надоело просто так. Предложил тогда Панасюк спор, чтоб веселей было:

    When I read this I get something like: "Панасюк offered an argument for fun," which doesn't make sense.
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    спор — a bet
    на спор — on a bet

    который уж месяц = месяцами (много месяцев)

    СССР и Афганистан на протяжении длительного исторического периода связывают дружеские отношения - USSR and A. have been united with the ties of friendship for for a long time.

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    1. Вот: СССР и Афганистан на протяжении длительного исторического периода связывают дружеские отношения.
    This sentence seems to use the present tense связывают to indicate a process that has been going on for awhile. It would translate like: "USSR and Afghanistan are binding ties of friendship for a long time."
    But the meaning is more like: " USSR and Afghanistan have been bound by ties of friendship for a very long time." Anyone know what I'm talking about?
    Yes, the meaning is "USSR and Afghanistan have been bound by ties of friendship for a very long time."
    What confuses you?
    Please correct my mistakes if you can, especially article usage.
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    Re: sentence questions

    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    привет,
    Пожалуйста, помогите.
    Заранее большое спасибо

    1. Вот: СССР и Афганистан на протяжении длительного исторического периода связывают дружеские отношения.
    This sentence seems to use the present tense связывают to indicate a process that has been going on for awhile. It would translate like: "USSR and Afghanistan are binding ties of friendship for a long time."
    USSR and Afghanistan have been bound by ties of friendship for a long historical period.


    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    2. ...физиономия такая, будто в детстве лицом на асфальт упал... он
    терпит, который уж месяц терпит дедов... ничего, Мышковский, мы сделаем из тебя десантника...
    Note: дедов=older officers
    How can I make sense of "который уж месяц"?
    For another month in a long row

    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    3. Вначале, для разминки, баловались - по камням, по кустикам палили, пристреливались с высоты горки. Надоело просто так. Предложил тогда Панасюк спор, чтоб веселей было:

    When I read this I get something like: "Панасюк offered an argument for fun," which doesn't make sense.
    It's not an argument. Something more like a bet, a wager, a contest, a challenge or a competition, whatever fits more to the context.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadim84
    Yes, the meaning is "USSR and Afghanistan have been bound by ties of friendship for a very long time."
    What confuses you?
    The word order in the sentence, I think;

    2sperk: "отношения" is the subject here, while СССР и Афганистан are objects. Also, since there are no perfect tenses in Russian, one should use either the present tense or the past tense, there's not much of a choice.
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    The word order in the sentence, I think;

    2sperk: "отношения" is the subject here, while СССР и Афганистан are objects. Also, since there are no perfect tenses in Russian, one should use either the present tense or the past tense, there's not much of a choice.
    Oh yes, you are quite right.

    2sperk:
    Word order in Russian is not so strict as in English. You can also say the sentence in question like this:

    Дружеские отношения связывают СССР и Афганистан на протяжении длительного исторического периода.
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