Russian Genitive case

Russian Genitive case after numerals

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I ran across this sentence in a Russian instructional video “Я могу запомнить около 50 новых русских слов в день” My understanding is that a direct object is only in the genitive...

Russian translation of "вместо батареек"

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In the story без паники! we have the phrase “вместо батареек”, “instead of batteries”. I looked up battery in my Russian Dictionary and got “батарейка”. My understanding...

Russian Numerals, Adjectives and Nouns

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I’m confused by something I’m learning in Rosetta Stone. There is a picture showing 5 apples, two of which are green. The text is Здесь два зелёных яблока I’m confused...

Instrumental and Genitive in "Она была озабочена отъездом матери"

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Hello everyone ; '' она была озабочена отъездом матери '' why ''отъездом'' here is in the instrumental form whereas ''матери'' in the genitive? Sometimes I come across two...

Genitive Сase with the Word "сколько"

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Did you know that the question word "сколько" can be used both with nouns in Genitive singular and Genitive plural? If the noun is uncountable, the Genitive singular is used...

Russian Genitive and Nominative Case to Tell the Date

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Did you know that to tell the date we use the Nominative case of an ordinal number, and to tell the date of an event or an action we use...

Russian Genitive Case Ending in -у

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Did you know that some masculine nouns in Genitive singular can end in у instead of а? These nouns are normally uncountable. This phenomenon is also known as Partitive case. The Genitive...

Russian Genitive Case in the Meaning of "Some"

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Did you know that we use the Genitive case in the meaning of "some" with uncountable nouns? When we use the Accusative case in the same situation, it has the...

Russian Genitive Plural with a Fleeting Vowel

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Did you know that, in the Genitive plural, nouns with a stem ending in two (or more) consonants need a vowel (o or e) which is inserted before the last consonant....

Russian Verbs Used with the Genitive Case

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Did you know that the Genitive case is used with the Russian verbs просить, хотеть, требовать, искать, ждать, ожидать, достигать, желать, бояться with nouns designating abstract and indefinite objects? When...

Russian Masculine Nouns with Zero Ending in Genitive Plural

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Did you know that some masculine nouns in Genitive plural coincide in their form with Nominative singular? For example, раз (Nominative singular) - раз (Genitive plural), time, occasion солдат - солдат, soldier глаз -...

How to Say "one and a half" in Russian

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Did you know that we have 2 different words to say "one and a half" in Russian? The first one is полтора, which is used with masculine and neuter nouns,...

Russian Nouns год, года and лет to Express Age

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Did you know that we use the noun год (year) with the number one and all the numbers that end in one, that we use года with the numbers from...

Russian Verbs желать and добиваться

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Did you know that the Russian verbs желать-пожелать (to wish) and добиваться-добиться (to try to achieve - to achieve) are always used with the Genitive case? Я желаю тебе счастья и...

Genitive Case with несколько, сколько, много and мало

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Did you know that we normally use the Genitive case with the adverbs of quantity, for example, несколько, сколько, много, мало, немного, etc. Both plural and singular number can be...

Russian Partitive Genitive

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Did you know that to express "some" in English we normally use the Genitive case? It is sometimes called the partitive genitive.  For example, Я хочу воду. I want the water. (The...

Use of Instrumental and Genitive Cases to Congratulate and Wish Something in Russian

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Did you know why we use the Instrumental case when we wish a Happy New Year? It is because the verb "congratulate" (поздравлять-поздравить) is always used with the preposition с and...