“Chtoli” or “something”?

Leonid Veselov
Leonid Veselov
March 19, 2012
“Chtoli” or “something”?

The confusion in spelling of particles with pronouns causes inconvenience not only to schoolchildren, but to adults. This problem is due to the fact that sometimes in order to determine the part of speech and the necessary spelling rule, it is necessary to analyze the sentence. Sometimes there is not enough time for such an operation. Therefore, I would like to have at hand was always a short, clear and easy to remember instruction. Chtol or something?

Spelling particles "li"

So, in the Russian language there is no spelling "chtoli". This is a short answer to the question of chtoli or something. “What” is a question pronoun. “Whether” (“eh”) in Russian can be a questioning particle or a union. Particles are written with other parts of speech, either separately or through a hyphen. The particle "li" is not included in the list of particles that are written with a hyphen. The following particles are written with a hyphen:

  • something
  • -or;
  • -one
  • some- (coy-);
  • -Taky;
  • -to;
  • -de;
  • -tk.

The particle "li" is always written separately with words. The exception is when "li" is part of the whole word.For example: "really." To summarize: with the pronoun “that” the particle “whether” is written separately. Therefore, according to the norms of spelling, the correct spelling of "chtoli or something" will be the second.

If the rule is not always remembered at the right time, then you can use a simple method of verification. You can completely remove the amplifier particle "li", but the meaning of the sentence will not change. Compare: "Mom, what should clean your room?" and "Mom, what should clean your room?". Thus, the particle "li" only adds a semantic interrogative accent and emotional coloring to the sentence. Its purpose is to form a question value, and also to make speech more expressive.

Also, along with the particle "li" ("l"), such particles are written separately: "would" ("b") and "same" ("g").

Similar difficulties in the joint or separate spelling of “chtoli or something” could arise by analogy with the difficulties that arise when writing pronouns with particles or conjunctions. For example, when using the demonstrative pronoun "what" with the particle "would": "Whatever he did, everything went to waste." And now let's compare how the sounding alliance “to” is used: “He said that I should visit my grandmother”.

We hope that now you do not have to think about the spelling "chtoli or something."