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Lesson 78

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(78-)

Seventy eighth lesson

     
 

(78)

Lesson number seventy eight (#78)

     
  (1). Compatriots
     
1 (2) . It was a hot July evening of the year 1944.
2 , , Having taken my bicycle I went for the mechanic,
     
3 . (3) in order to repair, for the (next) morning, the tyre of a lorry.
4 ; (4) We must, cost what may, carry provisions to our comrades in hiding.
5 - . (5) There were still certain urgent affairs.
6 (6). Already trains almost (no longer) ran planes were bombing the (railway)-track continually.
7 . The mechanic lived on the outskirt(s) of the little town, in a small comfortable house.
     
8 , Riding along a country track, among orchards and fields,
9 (7), at [on] the crossroads, I noticed three men
     
10 (N. 2) (). dragging a bad hand-truck ["self-made" little truck] with quite an [every] outfit.
11 , , They were far enough from me, but one look was enough
     
12 ... to think : surely Russians.
13 ,
, (9)
noted the direction they had taken and pressing on the pedals, I rode quickly to the mechanic's,
     
14 , , . and then, riding back, set in pursuit of the trio.
15 , , , I had lost sight of them, but I descried them again soon, quite near, and called them.
16 , , ? Hey, compatriots, where are you going?
  ( ). (to be continued)
 

EXERCISE
1 . May-bug [beetle] flew into the room through the open skylight.
2   . I shall take my bicycle and shall go for the (or a) doctor.
3 . I conceal nothing from you.
4 . The thieves have bolted with my things.
5 , I am afraid that I shall not be able to pay the whole sum falling due.
6 , . Lend her what she is short of.
7 . Give me return ticket.
8 . I shall call on you on my way back.
9 , (1)
(or ).
He gave me a dictionary, (as a present), but then he took it back.
   

ADDITIONAL EXERCISE

    Key: Put the following from the present into the imperfect, past indefinite and future:
1 . , , .  
2 ? , , or .  
3 . , , .  
4 ? , , or .  
5 . , , .  
       
      Let us post up :
       
    There and back.
  (or )   Give him back his toy.
  -   She will be back in 2 or 3 days.
    I must (have) a dictionary, cost what may.
    You will meet corm-patriots of yours there.
 

NOTES -

AK-NOTE

1 , from , the earth, land ; compatriot, countryman.  
2 , adjective of , of July.
Likewise : , of May;
, of January;
, of August etc...
 
3 , the tyre or rim;
, the motor-lorry, from , to load.
 
4 : cost what may, at any price.
(, , ; past ) (perf.) ;
(imp.) : to hide (oneself).
 
5 : urgent.
: term, falling due.
, or : in due time.
 
6 The inversion : the track ceaselessly bombed the planes is possible in Russian.
: ceaselessly (from ).
 
7 : crossroads, crossing;
(pert.); (imp.) : to cross oneself, or to be christened.
: christened.
: christening / baptism.
: the cross.
 
8 : the cart;
, diminutive;
: accoutrement, outfit, kit.
 
9 ... : the direction taken by them.
- , infinitive , perfective of , to press, squeeze
( , , ).
: .
Contrary : , slow; , slow, calm.
 
     
  (1) , from , the word.  

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