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Subject: Russian

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What is the difference between девушка and девочка? Какая разница между словами "девушка" и "девочка"?

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Answer:

The word девушка refers to a young woman or a teenager from approximately the age of 15-17 years old. The word can be used to address to the young women one may not know by name. Девочка refers to a female child. In its plural form it may be used to address one's female friends who are not necessarily children, however it is very informal. Слово "девушка" относится к молодым женщинам приблизительно от 15-17 лет и старше. Оно может использоваться как обращение к женщинам чье имя нам неизвестно. Многими женщинами такое обращение воспринимается лучше чем обращение "женщина". Слово "девочка" относится к ребенку женского пола. Во множественном числе слово "девочки" может служить как неформальное обращение к подругам или коллегам, с которыми Вы хорошо знакомы.

Subject: Linguistics

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What is onomatopoeia?

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Onomatopoeia is a stylistic device used to create a word that phonetically imitates or resembles a sound it describes, making the description more expressive. Such words usually mimic natural sounds or things. For instance: The sack fell into the river with a SPLASH. “He saw nothing and heard nothing but he could feel his heart pounding and then he heard the CLACK on stone and the leaping, dropping CLICKS of a small rock falling.” - E. Hemingway Generally, words are used to tell what is happening and onomatopoeia helps readers to hear the sounds of the words they reflect.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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What is the difference between 'so' and 'such'?

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Answer:

Even though 'so' and 'such' usually have the same meaning of 'very' or 'to this certain degree' these words serve as different parts of speech. 'So' is an adverb that is usually used with adjectives or adverb phrases. E.g. 1. John is so smart! He finished the test within 10 minutes. 2. We stayed at home the whole day because it was so cold outside. 'So' can be used in front of much, many, little, few to add emphasis. E.g. 1. We had so little time to finish the task! 2. So much plastic is used every single day. 'Such' is a determiner and it is usually followed by a noun phrase. E.g. 1. John is such a smart guy! He finished the test within 10 minutes. 2. It was such a cold day so we decided to stay at home.

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