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1) I haven't *** or *** slightest idea? (yes I know it's superlative, but in some cases we may use an indefinite article with superlative degree)
2) *a" nice weather or without any article? (yes I know it's uncountable, but there is a descriptive attribute "nice")
3) "It's *** a five minutes' walk from here." - Do we always need the preposition in this case?
4) Is "downtown" a word from American English? Can I say, e.g. "it's in the downtown of Chelyabinsk (a city in Russia)?"
5) What word would you prefer: reduction or discount? Is there any difference in meaning or they are just synonyms?
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>4) Is "downtown" a word from American English? Can I say, e.g. "it's in the downtown of Chelyabinsk (a city in Russia)?"

I mean, we always use "in the center of the city", but it's too long and moreover seems to be "Runglish", "Russian English". Is it better to use "downtown"?
1) I suppose it should be *** - in Google I've found some *** slightest ideas, but they are on translated sites - hardly can be trustedEmotion: smile

2) I'd rather say just "Nice weather", I don't know in what context you could use *a nice ***, as far as a descriptive attribute goes, I think it must be an exclusion from the ruleEmotion: wink

3) Sounds a bit foreign, may be "situated a 5 minutes walking distance from...to" would be better to use, whatever context do you have. But I'm not a native speaker, so you'd better check this with a dictionary or some other reference sources

4) Yes, it's used in North America, to define the central part of the city - it can be used for the Chelyabinsk center, why not... I think an English speaker will grasp the idea at once.

5) They are the same for me, really, if you're talking about price. I suppose you can use any of them. Though it can matter in a different context.
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My comments for 1) and 3):

1) I'd definitely say "I haven't THE slightest idea"...

3) ... and "it's a 5 minutes' walk", or "a 5 minute walk", without "in"
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>I don't know in what context you could use *a nice ***

Well, e.g. "During our holidays we had a nice weather". So, no article?

3)
>may be "situated a 5 minutes walking distance from...to"

Hmm... we've been taught that "situated" means something global, e.g. "Earth is situated next to Venus", or "USA are situated in North America"

Anyway, thanks for the prompt reply
>3) ... and "it's a 5 minutes' walk", or "a 5 minute walk", without "in"

Even in a sentence like "The railways station is (in) a five minutes' walk from here" ?
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I think sometimes you can say "it"s within walking distance...", but I don't like simply "in" there.
2) e.g. "During our holidays we had a nice weather". So, no article?

i see what you mean. I don't know exactly, sounds as if both are possible here - but what do your teachers say? I'd rather leave the article alone, it's ?onfusing...Emotion: smile

3) Check this up -
http://www.google.ru/search?hl=ru&q=%22my+house+is+situated%22&lr =

I wouldn't say that "situated" is refered to global things only... but that's another storyEmotion: smile
>but what do your teachers say?

Well she says it's without any article, but we can never trust her - many times I noticed her mistakes, and if I'm absolutely sure in the matter and try to argue, she just says "i'm a teacher, you're a student - when you'll be a teacher too, you may argue with me". Actually, she's just graduated and it's the first year she teaches.

In this case about weather I think she is possibly right, but "a nice weather" sounds so... dunno how to say...Emotion: smile

>http://www.google.ru

Ah, Russian too =)
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