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    Too many 'use's

    I wanted to learn the verb ' to use' as it's quite useful, but when I was looking in the dictionary I found loads of different verbs, but there was no differenciation between them here are the verbs I found, can someone please explain when each one can be used, if they are interchangable and if there are any more that I haven't found:

    пользоваться

    использовать

    употреблять

    Thanks in advance

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    My Russian teacher said that for all practical purposes #1 and #2 are interchangeable (but you use different cases for the object).

    #3 is similar, but closer to how we might use "utilise" or "make application". Really, though, you just have to listen to Russian and/or read books to see where they use it.

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    Re: Too many 'use's

    Quote Originally Posted by начало
    I wanted to learn the verb ' to use' as it's quite useful, but when I was looking in the dictionary I found loads of different verbs, but there was no differenciation between them here are the verbs I found, can someone please explain when each one can be used, if they are interchangable and if there are any more that I haven't found:

    пользоваться

    пользоваться

    употреблять

    Thanks in advance
    In some forms, like 'пользоваться успехом" "употреблять в пищу" they are definitely not interchangeable. Online lingvo.rudisplays a lot of such forms for пользоваться/пользоваться/ etc.
    One more translation for 'use' is (из)расходовать, i.e. consume ( perf./imperf. ), not interchangeable with 3 above.
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    использовать
    use, utilize

    пользоваться
    1) (make) use (of); profit (by); avail oneself (of)
    2) (обладать) enjoy, have

    употреблять
    use, make use (of); (о лекарствах и т.п.) take, apply

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