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Март 12, 2005


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kutsuwamushi
11:54 am - любоватся
любоваться (third person pl. -буются) (на кого/что) - a verb meaning "admire" or "feast one's eyes upon, gaze in admiration". The perfective is formed by adding по- or за-. The prefix по- adds the meaning of "for a little while".

The Oxford English-Russian dictionary doesn't list залюбоватся, but Katzner says it means "to gaze with admiration (at); be lost in contemplation (of)". It also says залюбоватся takes the instrumental, not на + acc. like любоватся.
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From:cema
Date:Март 12, 2005 06:18 pm
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Prefix за often has a meaning of getting carried away with the action described by the main portion of the word. (It takes plenty of other meanings too.)
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From:kutsuwamushi
Date:Март 12, 2005 06:22 pm
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It makes a lot of sense that за- here would mean "getting carried away with/getting lost in", since the verb takes the instrumental.

(I should have noticed that.)

Thank you. ^_^
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From:cema
Date:Март 12, 2005 11:07 pm
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Other examples: задуматься, засидеться (напр. в гостях, или за телевизором), заговориться.

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