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the meaning of же in two situations

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the first situation

когда же из него последует продолжение (it is a part of sentence)

the second situation

кто же ее спас

i want the meaning of же in this two situations and translation of the two parts of sentences.
asked Nov 8, 2013 by userrussia (380 points)

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Же is an intensive particle that emphasizes the preceeding word emotionally. It does not have exact equivalents in English  and translations are hardly exact. Usually it is translated by rebuilding sentences or adding intensifying constructions: "я же..."  - "as for me, I..." etc.

когда же ... последует продолжение?  - when at least it will be continued? (I cannot wait any more)

кто же ее спас? - who was the person that saved her? (Means that it is not just one of many ordinary questions - it is a problem, which is the key to the whole situation)


You can use voice acting to understand what is "же" about.

1. Translate the sentence as if it was without "же".

2. Remember the word before "же" as the keyword.

3. Read the sentence aloud and the keyword read more loudly and with pauses before and after.

4. Now you get the idea and your next task is to express it by means of literary English.

answered Nov 8, 2013 by it-ogo (18,220 points)
edited Nov 9, 2013 by it-ogo