Questions tagged [множественное-число]

Includes questions about plural forms of particular words as well as more general questions about the usage and formation of plural forms of nouns. Maybe it should be renamed into "number"?

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Singular usage of волосы

The word волосы only exists now in plural form. Was the obsolete form волос ever used to refer to anything but a single strand of hair, like in a mass noun (e.g., мокрый волос instead of мокрые волосы)...
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Would somoene have a pretty complete list of masculine nouns that have an irregular plural in -а (or in -я for nouns ending in -ь)?

Singular Plural English адрес адреса address берег берега shore бок бока side буфер буфера buffer век векa century вексель векселя promissory note вечер вечера evening глаз глаза eye год года ...
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Agreement in always plural words

I have a question about agreement between words that are ALWAYS plural. My understanding is that adjectives and nouns and pronouns have to agree in number and case? But what if I wanted to say …”This ...
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Genitive: declining noun + adjective pairs with numbers [duplicate]

I am an intermediate student of Russian, and in one of my courses I came across the following example: Тут два белых стула. — Two white chairs are here. My understanding is that the genitive is ...
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Do there really exist plural forms for "математика" and "физика"?

The site Викисловарь indicates in the table of different forms of a noun when there is no plural form, such as the page for мясо. I noticed the tables on the pages for математика and физика include ...
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Формы слова "Аде'я"

В словаре Даля есть слово "Аде'я" - "Ад". Ударение указано на "я". Меня поглощает вопрос - какая будет форма слова для родительного падежа множественного числа? Ад'ей? ...
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Plural of сын as сыны instead of сыновья

On a poster of the Stalinist era, I saw the following extract: Будем сынами и дочерьми (...) Then I looked for some information on dictionaries. If I understood correctly, does the usual (and "...
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In "Lesson one", should I use одӣн, одна or одно? [closed]

I want to write "Lesson 1" in Russian. Is the sentence "Урок одӣн" correct? Or should I write "одно" or "одна"? What way is correct?
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How can I say "start both hourglasses" in Russian?

I've been given the following task: "Let's suppose you have an hourglass that measures 7 minutes and an hourglass that measures 4 minutes, and you need to time 9 minutes by using only these ...
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Why are berries always used in singular?

I was recently translating a text from German to Russian and came across the following phrase: Salzbrezeln mit Preiselbeeren which means in English Salted pretzels with cranberries I translated it ...
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Plural for indeclinable nouns

Some foreign nouns are indeclinable (take пальто for example), yet sometimes we want to express many of it. How to do it?
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Why "конфет" and not "конфетов"?

The sentence "У нас нет конфет" ("We have no candies") seems to translate to we have no candies. I know that following the word нет we need to be in the genitive case and I believe the word конфет ...
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"Чтобы не пропустить новые видео" or "новых видео"?

Is it grammatically correct to say: "Подпишись, чтобы не пропустить новых видео" or should I say: "Подпишись, чтобы не пропустить новыe видео"? Please, instead of just saying which option is right,...
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How is погода (weather) a count noun?

Wiktionary says that the word погода (weather) has a plural form: погоды. I see in Google that although the word is usually used in the singular form, the plural form is used either. For example, ...
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Plural female gender of «Попутчик»

I got to learn that the word Попутчик means "fellow traveller" (underlying a short piece of journey shared among two travellers). I was wondering what the female gender looks like, singular and ...
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Succinct and gender-neutral Russian word for "writer"

Imagine I want to translate to Russian the word "community of working writers" such that "writers" means both male and female ones. Here are obvious variants: Сообщество работающих литераторов и ...
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Gender of decimal numbers

I know that decimal numbers containing a whole number plus one or more fractional numbers are referred to as целая (whole number) plus десятая (a tenth) or сотая (a hundredth), etc. "целая" is ...
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Case and number of words in a label (as opposed to words in a sentence)

In English one writes a label in plural if the answer might possibly be plural, even if it happens to be singular in the actual instance, as in “Houses: 1.” Is this how labels are typically written in ...
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"Действующий и будущий регуляторы" - why not "действующие и будущие"?

Действующий и будущий регуляторы отрасли — Минфин и ЦБ — согласовали проект реформы аудита в России. This is from an article from kommersant.ru, why are the adjectives at the start in nominal ...
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What is the Difference Between Noun Number and Nominative Plural Case?

Noun number : https://youtu.be/3qa8U-PmVU8 I used this video to help with my study but I couldn't seem to understand the difference and the usage. However, I saw some similarities with nominative ...
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Каким правилом определяется какая буква, а или ы, будет во множественном числе существительного

Часто есть сомнения о том, как правильно существительно будет писаться во множественном числе. Например: Корпуса или корпусы. Сервера или серверы. Конвееры, но ведь может быть и конвеера? Хотя ...
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How to say "two of these"

I know how to make plurals using numerals and nouns, but how does one use numerals with demonstrative pronouns or even just regular pronouns? Examples: I need two of these. I will select three of ...
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Sources of the difference in using "года" and "лет"

I'm a native speaker, but I can't explain. Why we use "года" and "лет" in different situations? For example, when we talk about age of people. Can you explain sources of using these words?
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When does "e" change to "ё" in plurals

I've just started learning German and what strikes me with there plurals is that a word in plural can differ no only at the end but in the middle as well (die Kopf / die Köpfe, der Stuhl / die Stühle, ...
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What is the plural of "кочерга"?

I am reading a Russian book and at one point I was a little confused, as to how one would say plural of "кочерга".
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Класс модели или класс моделей?

Как будет правильно: класс модели или класс моделей? Предполагается, что каждая "модель" является экземпляром этого класса. Вопрос про терминологию объектно-ориентированного программирования. ...
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В каких контекстах употребляются слова "человеки", "человекам", и т. д.?

Обычно, слово "человек" в множественном числе будет "люди", "людей", "людям" и т.д. Но иногда встречается со словами "человеки", "человекам" и т.д. В каких контекстах они употребляются?
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Согласование числа с "или": "мне нужен/нужны нож или ножницы"?

Можно ли сказать Мне нужен/нужны нож или ножницы? Вариант Мне нужны ножницы или нож кажется лучше, поскольку глагол и согласуется с ближайшим словом, и стоит во множественном числе, но какое ...
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Ни он ни она не хотели уходить первым?

Подскажите, пожалуйста, насколько правильно это предложение. Тут и он, и она, и множественное число и в конце ещё надо поставить прилагательное в каком-то роде. Может быть, у вас есть идеи, как это ...
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Singular or plural verb after a singular noun denoting a quantity?

Sometimes you use a word-combination of 2 nouns to denote a quantity of entities: «большинство людей». Should a singular or plural form be used for a verb after that? I.e., «большинство людей не знает»...
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"Илья" во множественном числе и в родительном падеже

Какая у слова "Илья" правильная форма множественного числа родительного падежа? Множественное число от имен собственных вообще редко встречается, но все же возможно, например, в предложении "У меня ...
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Счётная форма существительного

Сейчас часто можно встретить рекомендации использовать так назыаемую счетную форму (давайте для примера рассматривать словосочетание «20 байт(-ов)»). На этом всячески настаивает Справка Грамоты.ру, а ...
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"Качели" vs. "качель"

While reading Osip Mandelshtam, I came across the word качель in singular. Я качался в далеком саду На простой деревянной качели, И высокие темные ели Вспоминаю в туманном бреду. ...
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Which way is correct "один/одна"

In the following sentence which way would be correct? Один/одна из тех людей, которые никогда не откажут в помощи - это наш врач. The singular of люди is человек which is male. But what if the ...
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Should adjectives that modify coordinated nouns be plural?

Online translators seem to only take the gender of the first noun but what if you wanted to mean in the example one apple and one banana, but both are green - could you then pluralize green? green ...
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What is the rule for the ending to people in the phrase: много людей

My question is about много людей. Why is there a -ей at the end? I assume it should be the plural of the masculine человек in genetive case.
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What's the plural for "пиво"?

Yesterday I visited a friend in Oxford. At some point we stopped at his favourite pub, where, as he said, was "большой выбор пив". This didn't sound right and got me thinking, but I soon realised ...
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The origin of complex plural forms

What caused complex plural forms in Russian? Were they borrowed from another language, inherited from Old Russian, or is there another reason why they appeared? By "complex plural forms" I mean the ...
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How do I specify a non-whole number of nouns which have no singular form?

For most nouns which have no singular form, fractions are meaningless (e.g. штаны, ножницы, весы), but there are a few such nouns where this is not the case. For example, how do I say "it went on for ...
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Слово "дно" во множественном числе

Как выглядит слово "дно" во множественном числе? Одно дно Два дна Три дна Четыре дна Пять ??? Я знаю правильный ответ, но не знаю почему так. Хотелось бы услышать аргументированный ответ, ...
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Genitive plural of "башка"?

What is the genitive plural and nominative plural of башка? My search returned a lot of contradicting information. Is there any authoritative source with a single concrete answer?
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