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    Why all the extra и s

    I don't understand why и is in these sentances

    (from living language)

    вот мы и приехали = we and arrived?

    она сказала что придет(I dont know how to make the unlaut) так и не пришла

    Can someone explain the extra ands is these sentances or tell me where to look it up?

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    Thanks DDT

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    Those и's don't really mean 'and', they're particles used for emphasis. You can't realy translate them directly though, since the meaning depends on context.

    мы приехали - is simply - We arrived/ we've arrived.

    вот мы и приехали - could mean - Well there now, we've arrived at last! , expressing exasperation (It could have other nuances too of course, depending on how it was said)

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    So its used for emphasis like же ?

    Are there any guidlines as to when its used?

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    "Она так и не пришла" can be translated as "She never came"

    "и" can also be used to mean:

    1. (именно) that is what, that is where, that is who
    здесь он и жил — it was here that he lived
    вот об этом-то он и думает — that is what he is thinking of
    этого человека они и ждали — that is the man they have been waiting for

    2. used in subjunctive mood
    он и пошёл бы, да не может - he would like to go but he can't

    3. (даже) even
    он и спасибо не сказал — he did not even say thank you

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    Thank you Maksufa!! It makes a lot more sense to me now.

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