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Russian 'zhe' (the word)

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Friday, May 5, 2006, 22:16
Ex (pardon my bad transliteration - I'm a native speaker but only semiliterate):

(seeing someone about to break something you just fixed)
"Shto'zhe tj dyeljaesh? Ya'zhe tolko'zhe pod'chinil'zhe eto'!"
vs. same with all the 'zhe-s dropped.

It seems you can insert it damn near anywhere, with not much limit on
the number; if there are a *lot* it starts to sound kinda whiny

But I can't think of any way at all to convey the diff in a
translation - or for that matter even to explain what "zhe" *means*
(let alone a translation of it).

Any help?

 - Sai


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>