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    Question Should I use "boast" or "brag"?

    Hi everyone,

    If I am trying to tell someone - "I don't mean to boast/brag" which is the stronger Russian word for: похвастаться and хвастать? Example:


    Я не имею в виду, чтобы похвастаться

    Я не имею в виду, чтобы хвастать


    Thank you for any help.

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    Neither of "...имею в виду..." works.

    Я не хвастаюсь...
    Не ради хвастовства...
    etc.
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    Here, it would be better to say something like, "Я не хочу хвастаться", adhering to infinitive verb usage. Above suggestions are also suitable.
    Last edited by Black Forest; October 16th, 2016 at 08:21 PM. Reason: Acknowledgement
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    Wow, thanks everyone. Let me go do my homework.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medved View Post
    Neither of "...имею в виду..." works.

    Я не хвастаюсь...
    Не ради хвастовства...
    etc.
    Oh so these are 2 different phrases - 2 ways to say I don't boast?

    1. Я не хвастаюсь...
    2. Не ради хвастовства...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Forest View Post
    Here, it would be better to say something like, "Я не хочу хвастаться", adhering to infinitive verb usage. Above suggestions are also suitable.


    Perhaps like this? Я не хочу хвастаться, но я заплатил много денег, чтобы посетить Россию.
    Я благодарен, у меня есть эта возможность.

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    Oh so these are 2 different phrases - 2 ways to say I don't boast?
    2. Не ради хвастовства... Is something like "(I say this,) not to be boasting,...". Literally "this is not for boast, ...". Meanings are close enough.

    Я не хочу хвастаться, но я заплатил много денег, чтобы посетить Россию.
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    Thanks Alex, and everyone else who contributed!

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