When we say "два тела" and "два села", where have the nouns тела and села the accent ? On the first syllable or on the last one ? I ask this because the noun тело has the Nominative plural accentuated on the ending: тела, whilst the Genitive singular is accentuated on the first syllable: тела. And the noun село has an opposite accentuation: the Nominative plural accentuated on the first syllable: сёла, whilst the Genitive singular is accentuated on the ending: села.

Thank you!

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    два, три, четыре require the genitive singular. Is that what you're asking?
    – Quassnoi
    Oct 8, 2021 at 9:41
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    Словарь-справочник "Русское литературное произношение и ударение" should be used for consultng in such cases.
    – V.V.
    Oct 9, 2021 at 7:47
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    I'm not sure, but i suppose that in the Old Russian language the "село" (and this is for sure) belonged to II declension, but the "тело" (i think so, - as, f.e., the word "cлово" and this is for sure too) was reffered to VI declension. About declensions in the Old Russian language: 1. rus-et.ru/istoriya-yazyka/istoricheskaya-grammatika/… 2. rus-et.ru/istoriya-yazyka/istoricheskaya-grammatika/… Oct 13, 2021 at 19:19
  • Два мира, два Шапиро.
    – markvs
    Oct 29, 2021 at 15:55

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You are right, the numerals два (две), три, четы́ре, о́ба (о́бе), полтора́ (полторы́) are followed by nouns in the genetive singular which is те́ла and села́ - see the declension tables for те́ло and село́.

There are a few exceptions though, e.g. два шага́, три шара́ (while the regular genitive singular is ша́га, ша́ра: не сба́вить ша́га, оста́ться без ша́ра). Such words are said to have a distinct paucal form (счётная форма).

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