с глазу на глаз

I don't think глазу is in genitive. Is глазу́ in locative and with an accent in the last syllable, although с is usually combined with genitive?


It actually is genitive and the stress is on the first syllable:

  • с гла́зу на́ глаз

The genitive ending -у is retained in quite a few set expressions such as

  • бе́з толку, и́з лесу, не зна́я бро́ду не су́йся в во́ду

Stressed prepositions and particles are also signs of a well-established expression or just a frequently-used collocation:

  • бе́з году неде́ля, встать на́ ноги, взять за́ руку, не́ за что, etc.
  • what about "ни в одном глазу"? - I believe it might be locative
    – shabunc
    Nov 16 '18 at 9:31
  • or "на голубом глазу"
    – shabunc
    Nov 16 '18 at 10:45
  • @shabunc, yes, in "ни в одном глазу" and "на голубом глазу" the "глазу" is in locative as indicated by the stress: глазу́. Also, the prepositions в/на only govern prepositional/locative and accusative. Nov 16 '18 at 11:02

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