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Why is «Какого цвета» in genitive case?

I came across the sentence «Какого цвета платье?» today. I would've assumed that «Какого цвета» would be in the nominative case and was confused to see this construction. Is there a grammatical rule/...
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Difference between “в тишине” and “в тишину”?

What is the difference between в тишине and в тишину? I know the first one is the prepositional singular of тишина, and the second is the accusative singular of тишина, but I don't really understand ...
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Is the sentence “Мусоропровод забит жильцами” totally ungrammatical in Russian?

I want to ask if the sentence "Мусоропровод забит жильцами" is completely ungrammatical (and why). As I know, we can surely say: "Стихотворение написано поэтом", "Роль сыграна ...
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“не люблю шутки” vs. “не люблю шуток”

I've noticed that verbs that normally take a direct object in Accusative quite often allow for Genitive, instead. For example, исправлять ошибку (Accusative), but Вы уж, будьте добры, не исправляйте ...
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вовлечённых - proper use in a translated English sentence for “involved”?

I had earlier asked a question about adjectives and participles, and cited this link: How to tell a participle from an adjective? I now understand the answer of the above link better - The ...
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Are “из лесу” and “из леса” completely interchangeable?

There is a phrase из лесу, meaning "from the forest". Also, you may say "из леса", which seems to me much more sensible. But I'm wondering if лесу really is some realisation of the genitive case, ...
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“В об(о,е)их коробках оказались семена” - which vowel should I choose?

Some time ago I took a Russian test that contained the following question: В об(о,е)их коробках оказались семена. 1) обоих 2) обеих 3) оба варианта корректны 4) оба варианта ...
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Why it is “об Англии”, but not “об Англиe”?

"Об" is followed by prepositional case, and according to this page, feminine nouns ending with "я" in prepositional should end with "е". That said, it shouldn't be "об Англии" but rather "об Англие". ...
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Is it a mistake to say, “Oвчинки выделка не стоит”(sic!)?

In a recent essay of mine, I accidentally mixed up the grammatical cases in an idiom. Namely, I wrote: овчинки выделка не стоит The most common variant of this idiom is: овчинка выделки не стоит ...
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Can we call forms like “Зин”, “Дим”, “мам”, “пап” vocative case?

Why Russian is usually said to have only six cases, while most Slavic languages have seven? The missing one - the vocative (звательный падеж) - is however clearly present, at least in the colloquial ...
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Why is it 'Как зовут сына Илоны?' and not 'Как зовут сын Илоны?'?

I'm fairly new at studying russian but I came across this example in my workbook: 'Как зовут сына Илоны?' and right next to it 'Как зовут дочь Илоны?' I know that 'Илоны' is genitive and the word ...
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Этот день был долгим, но погода была хорошая!

В конструкции этот день был долгим, прилагательное имя находится в творительном падеже, но вот здесь это был долгий день - в именительном падеже. Пожалуйста, скажите, всегда ли это правда ...
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How to complete “налей мне” and “отдай мне обратно”: “чаёк,” “чайка,” or “чайку”?

Here is a question in a test: Как корректно закончить следующие предложения? Налей мне ... . (а) чаёк (б) чайка (в) чайку Отдай мне обратно ... . (а) чаёк (б) чайка (в) чайку I am at a loss as ...
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“Я считаю Пушкина более талантливым поэтом, чем Блок” or “чем Блокa”?

Here I am sitting late in the evening, struggling with a home test devised by a university teacher of mine, and here is a question in the test: Как корректно закончить следующее предложение? Я считаю ...
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Why “она шепнула ему на ухо”, not “она шепнула на его ухо”?

Она́ что-то шепну́ла ему́ на у́хо. Она́ is nominative, all good. ему́ = dative , на = prepositional or accusative [my guess] у́хо = nominative or accusative [my guess] It seems to me that его ...
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Case Disagreement: Noun and its Adjective

Я предпочита́ю зелёный чай чёрному. In this sentence зелёный [nominative] should be зелёного [accusative] because чай is the direct object and therefore in accusative. I came across this sentence ...
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Dative or instrumental case hegemony?

I am not sure how to interpret the pronoun in this one: Ей вы́слали приглаше́ние, но она́ не пришла́. Obviously the second "she" is in nominative, but what about the first one? Looking at the ...
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Direct object confusion: “ему” or “силу”?

Thank you for any help in advance. "Трениро́вки дали ему́ силу и уве́ренность." In the above, I understand that емý is in the dative and силу и уве́ренность are in the accusative. I ask why силу и ...
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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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Мужчина, который хочет надёжных отношений

A quote from a native speaker of Russian: Мужчина, который хочет надёжных отношений и семью. Question: Why did they use the genitive case in "надёжных отношений"? As a side note, regarding "семью"...
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How can I say in Russian “they cannot make the tournament attractive by itself”?

The question is in the title of this post. A couple of explanatory points: Context: The organizers of a certain tournament cannot provide a big cash prize that would attract a lot of participants, so ...
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Which cases are used with быть

I believe that the phrases in Russian for 'I was a student' is Я был студентом (instrumental case) and 'I was not a student' is Я не было студента (genitive case) and 'I am a student' is Я студент (...
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Can a noun in a sentence be both in the nominative and accusative cases?

One of my teachers once said that a noun in a sentence is always in a certain grammatical case and always has a certain role - the subject or an object. In other words, no noun can be in two different ...
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Why are the endings in “я студентка” and “я была студенткой” different?

My question is this: How did the Russian language end up having different endings in the phrases shown in the title of this post? Now I will make some remarks to explain precisely what makes me ...
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“Скучаю по вас” или “Скучаю по вам”?

Я человек, так сказать, не близкий к филологии. Давно интересует вопрос: как правильно: "Скучаю по вас" или "Скучаю по вам"?
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Russian cases: A few examples, I'm really confused

I'm doing the Pimsleur Russian audio course and I've come across some sentences that I'm not sure about. Example 1: I have money = у меня́ есть де́ньги. So far, so good. "At my place, there is ...
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Почему Фёдор Достоевский, но Чарльз Буковски?

Почему мы читаем романы Фёдора Достоевского, но читаем стихи Чарльза Буковски?
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“Много народа” or “много народу”

I have been doing some reading lately, and became aware of the two phrases 'много народа' and 'много народу'. According to Google Ngrams, both are current (although 'много народу' is 2x more frequent)...
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Difference between “один наш постоялец” and “один наших постояльцев”?

I'm having difficulty in understanding the reason of using nominative in following phrase: "Один наш постоялец видел...". I thought genitive would be the correct case, like in: "Один наших постояльцев ...
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What is the proper case in “в век(е)”?

As far as I know, these expressions are correct: В двадцатом веке В век второй мировой войны Why does the first expression use the prepositional case, whereas the second expression uses the ...
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Use of instrumental case in a sentence

In the sentence, "русская культура создавалась веками", why is веками in instrumental case, and how would you translate the sentence? Thank you!
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Why nominative case in “на ужин”?

The grammar references I have read including my Russian textbook say на should be followed either by the accusative or prepositional case. But when translating "for lunch" and "for supper", the usages ...
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Is глазу in locative in “с глазу на глаз”?

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?
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What is the right form of a possessive name - “мамы” or “мамины”?

There are also many other examples: "Гены" or "Генины"; "Светы" or "Светины"; "машины" or "машинины"; "дяди" or "дядины". What forms are the right?
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“живущего в христианскую эру” or “живущего в христианской эре”?

Which one is correct and why? "Это очень важно для любого человека, живущего в христианскую эру" or "Это очень важно для любого челoвека, живущего в христианской эре"
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In what instances is the preposition “по” coupled with prepositional case, as in “по чём”?

Девочки, по чем у вас на рынке свинина сейчас? Интересует цена в обычный непраздничный день. Пишите плиз свой населенный пункт. In my experience, the preposition "по" is most frequently followed by ...
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Улечься «на кровать» или «на кровати»?

В Интернете, вроде, встречаются обе формы (В.п. и Пр.п.). Улёгся «на ковёр»/«на ковре», «на кровать»/«на кровати», «на матрас»/«на матрасе». Есть ли одна правильная форма, а если нет, то в чём разница?...
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Управление “не существует” - именительный или родительный падеж?

Какое из предложенний построенно корректно? Почему? "Лампа не существует" И.П. "Лампы не существует" Р.П.
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Case after разучиться

Most verbs derived from учиться answer the question "чему?". However, my textbook just cites "делать что?" as the question to be answered by разучиться. Can разучиться be followed by a noun rather ...
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Why is “таких театров” in genitive in “таких театров повсюду – пруд пруди”?

Таких театров повсюду – пруд пруди. I'm at least aware that a quantity of something is expressed with the genitive case in Russian, but I'm not sure what necessitates the use of genitive in this case....
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case of поездки in expression в всей поездки

In expression в всей поездки I think всей is in the prepositional case. But what case is поездки?
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What should be the proper word ending of the word “посадка”

In a phrase посадку на Луну предшествовали тренироваочные полеты The ending -у of the word "посадка" does not sound right for me. What is the proper ending to use in such case?
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Should words agree in case and number?

Here's a quote from Anna Karenina: Как это будет ему доказано, он не знал, но знал, что это, несомненно, логически будет ему доказано, и он ждал этого доказательства I would like to know: why is ...
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Почему «Директор зоопарка», но «Заведующий зоопарком»?

Почему «Директор зоопарка», но «Заведующий зоопарком»? «Заведующий» здесь не существительное?
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на день рождения vs на дне рождения

Beginner here. There are 2 similiar sentences talking about a birthday, but use a different case and I am confused why. The first is Вчера я была у Тамары на дне рождения. Translation: Yesterday, I ...
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What is the rationale for using the genitive “ничего” in “у тебя ничего не получится”?

Если не решишь, не договоришься, у тебя ничего не получится. I'm wondering if the rationale for using the genitive "ничего" here can be put down to something as simple as a negative construction ...
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Verb - question words database or api [closed]

I'm writing an app for Russian language learners and I am looking for a database (as a csv file for example or an API) of Russian verbs and their associated cases? For instance something that can tell ...
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Собо́р Каза́нской ико́ны Бо́жией Ма́тери

Собо́р Каза́нской ико́ны Бо́жией Ма́тери Why is it not Божьей Матери ? Божьей is the feminine genitive of божий
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Why use Genitive for “something” to say “принести/bring someone something”?

Ты должен принести мне в точности то, что я сказал. In this sentence, the accusative "то" is understandably used to express the idea of "принести/bring someone something". I wonder why in the ...
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надо and the instrumental case (knife cutting bread; a tool)

I know about the use of dative case, or nominative case, as illustrated here: How does "следует" behave towards "должен", "надо" and "нужно" when talking about ...

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