In this sentence: Перед обязанности затем удовольствия can you tell me in which cases are duty (dative, genitive, prepositional?) and pleasure (genitive? plural?)? can you help me? thanks

  • Maybe the right variant is - Передал обязанности затем удовольствия
    – Natali
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 15:09

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The sentence is incorrect even excluding cases of обязанности and удовольствия issue. And the answer depends on what do you really mean.
If the sentence supposed to be

"сначала обязанности, а потом удовольствия"

then it can be helpful to insert skipped verbs here:

"сначала [идут] обязанности, а затем [идут] удовольствия"

In this case, it's easier to see that the case is nominative.


The sentence sounds strange. Better would Сначала обязанности, затем удовольствия or Вперёд обязанности, потом удовольствия

When I think on cases it's difficult for me to distinguish (perhaps someone will correct me here). Both would be either Nominative or Accusative.

I should also mention the Russian sayings/proverbs, that suit better here and mean the same thing you'd like to express:

Сделал дело - гуляй смело and Делу время, потехе час


There seems to be the first letter missing in the beginning of the phrase.

The most natural form would be, putting the lexical compatability aside, Вперёд обязанности, затем - удовольствия.

The cases in each part of the phrase are nominative.

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