Isaac A. Penzev scripsit:

> For precise info I need to consult grammar books. I've never been
> much interested in analyzing Russian. For me it's enough that I don't need
> to learn such a monster as a foreign lang :-D

Indeed, indeed.  Which is why when I did know any Russian (20 years
forgotten), I could only speak in the past imperfective.

There is a Russian short story (author/title forgotten also) about
a night watchman who is always cold.  He needs to order a set of
fireplace pokers, but unfortunately he doesn't know the genitive

If you have ever wondered if you are in hell,         John Cowan
it has been said, then you are on a well-traveled
road of spiritual inquiry.  If you are absolutely
sure you are in hell, however, then you must be         [log in to unmask]
on the Cross Bronx Expressway.          --Alan Feur, NYTimes, 2002-09-20