Another very basic question from a beginner. In the sentence:

Мой любимый спорт - хоккей.

(My favorite sport is hockey).

I know that мой is the subject (and it's a possessive pronoun), so it's in the nominative case. But what about любимый спорт?

Is любимый an adjective for спорт? So which case does спорт take?


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Actually, the entire noun phrase [мой любимый спорт] is the subject of the sentence. In other words, all the elements of the phrase: the possessive adjective мой, the adjective любимый and the noun спорт together make up the subject.

Furthermore, the head of this noun phrase is the noun спорт. Since this is a singular masculine noun, it governs all the other elements in the phrase and makes them masculine and singular in form as well.

  • любимый originates from a particple
    – VCH250
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 1:30

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