In the expression не раздумывая ни секунды/минуты are the time elements accusative plural or genitive singular?

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In case of negative statement, "ни" will serve as particle and word depending on it (most likely noun, but not necessary) will be used in genitive case, singular:

1.Част. В отрицательном предложении означает полное отсутствие упоминаемого объекта, обозначаемого в родительном падеже.
Я не видел там ни одного солдата.

This rule will apply to the negative statements where "ни" is used.


This is genitive singular (родительный падеж).

Answers the question: кого? чего? - секунды, минуты.

Similar: не терять ни секунды.


Sometimes they even say "Не раздумывая ни единой секунды". So it should be obvious it's singular.

  • Obvious if you have seen that, which I hadn't.
    – CocoPop
    Jul 26, 2016 at 14:07

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