Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "that" in Russian

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Meaning: that, in order that, so that

Pronunciation: [SHTOH-bi]

Part of speech: conjunction, particle

Rank: #74 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Она говорила быстро, что́бы скрыть смущение.
  • She was talking fast in order to hide confusion.
  • Я хочу, что́бы мы были вместе.
  • I want us to be together.
  • Необходимо, чтобы вы больше читали по-русски.
  • It is necessary that you read more in Russian. (formal or plural)
  • Она попросила, чтобы я прислал ей свои фотографии.
  • She asked me to send her my photos.
  • Говорите громче, чтобы все слышали.
  • Please speak louder so that everybody could here you.
  • Это слишком чудесно, чтобы быть правдой.
  • This is too wonderful to be true.
  • Он закрыл дверь, чтобы никто не входил в офис.
  • He closed the door so that nobody could enter the office.
  • Цель в том, что́бы создать новые возможности.
  • The goal is to create new opportunities.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • так, чтобы = so that
  • для того, чтобы = in order that; in order to
  • чтобы не = in order not to...; so that ... no; but
  • без того, чтобы не = without
  • не то чтобы = not that
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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