снова или опять
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Can someone tell me if there's any difference between снова and опять? Are they interchangeable?
May 3, 2018 12:38 AM
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Hey Anton,

"Again" and "once more" are similar, but they're not the same.

For example, if I tell you that I had chicken for dinner again, that doesn't indicate how many times I had chicken this week/month/year, etc.

"Once more" can be used like this:

Anton: "Let's go to that new casino."

Julie: "No way. It's too expensive."

Anton: "Just once more."

So in this case, you're saying that you'll be going to that casino one more time. At this point, you are not planning to visit that casino again, again and again.

I hope this makes sense. Feel free to send me a message if you have any other questions!

May 3, 2018
They are interchangeable, but опять can express more irritating undertone, while снова is neutral.
Снова пришла зима.
Опять пришла зима.

And I have a similar question. "Once more" and "again". Do they have any difference?

May 3, 2018
Usually,they are the same.

Sometimes (rarely) опять more expressive (negotive).

There is a russian joke:

"Не опять,а снова"-

play of words or phraseologism.

It is consumed like an answer on the answer:


For example:

-Миша,сходи в магазин!


-не опять,а снова!

May 4, 2018

Well, Julie!

I would say that "снова" is rather "once more", and "опять" is "again"!

May 3, 2018

A difference between these words is so blurry and intuitive that barely even natives may conceive and explain it. In fact, in all dictionaries they are considered the synonyms, and interchangeble use of them wouldn't distort a gist. However, there might be a little difference, for instance, when we say опять it might mean repeating of a same action or situation one-in-one, but снова might imply some either a change or effort during that, in case the result still stayed the same.

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May 3, 2018
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