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Why is лицо in the prepositional case, and why does свой not match its case?

You're reading the Bible in the Synodal translation (1813—1876) which uses archaic language full of Church Slavonic words and forms. Лице is an archaic form of лицо, it is in the Accusative case which ...
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When to use "России" and when to use "Россия"?

Russian is an inflecting language, like Latin or Ancient Greek. There are six cases for nouns and adjectives. Nominative: Россия Genitive: России Dative: России Accusative: Россию Instrumental: ...
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Is there a reason why "чёрт" and "сосе́д" don't decline for nominative plural according to standard Russian spelling rules?

Сосед and чёрт are the only nouns in modern Russian that retained the old Russian nominative plural form, so in a sense they are the only "correct" nouns with the historical -о stem. All others use ...
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How to indicate "photograph by"

It very much depends on where you want to put that phrase: If it's a signature on the photo, just the name (in the nominative case) is enough: https://www.artlebedev.ru/kovodstvo/sections/169/ A ...
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Plural for indeclinable nouns

You just leave it as is. Like 'deer' in English - "One deer", "many deer", etc. У неё уже есть три пальто - зачем ей ещё одно? Он может делать два сальто подряд. На столе лежат ...
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Why does "в субботу?" end with "-y"? Is it accusative case?

In Russian when we answer the question когда? , we use different prepositions and nouns . The choice of case depends on a noun . If we use such nouns as момент, секунда, минута, час, день with "эта", ...
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When is "это" declined?

Это is not declined when it means "this is". Or, for that matter, "these are"; you'd still say это книги "these/they are books", because эти книги would be an incomplete statement strictly meaning "...
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Genitive of радио

Many loanwords don't decline in Russian, mostly those that don't intuitively fit into one of the existing paradigms (no regular Russian neuter noun ends in -о preceded by a vowel), and to see why, it'...
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Тайна рождения китов, овец и медведей

Словообразование - штука нерегулярная. То, что есть белеть, чернеть, синеть и зеленеть, не значит, что есть фиолетоветь. Просто: родился китенок, ежонок и т.д. Овцы, как правильно уже заметили, ...
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Wuhan: masculine, feminine, or either?

Most sources I could find consider Ухань (sic) a masculine word: от Уханя, к Уханю etc.: БРЭ БСЭ Географическая энциклопедия , but there are some that consider it feminine: Словарь собственных имён ...
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How non-native Russian language course will approach to deciphering the phrase "Косил косой косой косой"?

The original phrase can be extended/modified: Лопоухий косой за песчаной косой пал под острой косой косой бабы с косой. The updated phrase uses the word "косой" with 5 different meanings. Extra ...
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Почему так часто "ничего" а не "ничто"? (Why "ничего" and not "ничто"?)

Negation of existense (i.e. "no such thing") in Russian requires Genitive. Ничего is Genitive. That's it. Accusative Ничто is a special object. It isn't nothing. It's Nothing. But the difference may ...
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Why does the first person singular future of победить not exist?

This particular problem affects most of the verbs in which [д] of the stem alternates with [жд] in their imperfective infinitive and past tense forms. These belong to a group of verbs called defective ...
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Noun+adjective references

Hopefully this chart is not too overwhelming, but if you just focus on the Adjectives and Nouns columns, it should be fairly simple. You have to learn the noun declensions, just like the adjective ...
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Двадцать один хорош(?) год - declension after number 21

All the numerals ending in 1, exept for those that end in 11 (11, 111, 711, 1011, etc.), need the following noun in the Nominatve case singular. If there is also an attribute adjective, it agrees with ...
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«И беспечной птицей» - why instrumental?

"И беспечной птицей" is indeed in an instrumental case - it answers the question "Улетаешь кем?" - птицей. To better understand why it is so, think of this phrase as of something with hidden verb ...
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Как склоняется слово "Нод(а)"

Вариативность по роду - довольно распространенное явление, особенно среди заимствованных слов: компонент/компонента, метод/метода, вольер/вольера и др. Какой бы род вы ни выбрали, старайтесь ...
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Why "две ванные"?

With the numbers 2,3 and 4 the adjective is used in the Nominative plural if the noun is feminine. This feminine noun is used in the Genitive singular: три красивые женщины: 3 beautiful women две ...
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Declension chart

I learned using charts photocopied from the back of a textbook called Live From Moscow (now out of print). Years later when I had to teach a class I looked online for something similar, but found ...
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Declension chart

As far as I understand, you are asking about declension table for printing. Actually, there are lots of them around the Internet. For instance, on LearnRussian.RT (check the other tables there also). ...
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Declension of America

For nouns which end by -кa, -а is replaced by -и: маска - из маски каска - из каски рука - из руки Америка - из Америки
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Genitive of радио

The words like радио, патио, метро, меню, кофе etc are indeclinable. The rules (in Russian): external link.
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«И беспечной птицей» - why instrumental?

It is instrumental case indeed. One of the functions of instrumental in Russian is conveying sense of similarity. Usually it can be replaced with an analytical construct with как ("like"): ...
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Are names for organizations indeclinable or not?

First of all, "Я заинтересован в + Prepositional case" ("в культуре" is actually Prepositional, not Dative) is a business term, that is, you are interested in something because you will get profit ...
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Usage of declined numbers

In your particular example, 250,000 would be nominative to begin with. To take an example where you'd actually need instrumental, though — say, "a suitcase with 250,000 euros in it": чемодан с ...
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Why does "в субботу?" end with "-y"? Is it accusative case?

In languages that have prepositions and cases, like Russian, each preposition in each of its meanings needs a particular case of the noun phrase that follows it. As for the preposition в when used to ...
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Which form of год is года here in “1341 года”?

Апрельским утром 1341 года would be spelt as Апрельским утром тысяча триста сорок первого года. Утро (morning) here is ins.sg. The morning is specified to be in April (with the adjective in the same ...
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What case is "новых фото"?

The phrase “новых фото” is in the genitive case plural. The whole sentence Он добавил 10 новых фото is grammatically correct, it is exactly how that should be said in Russian. But the sentence is ...
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What case follows an integer counting variable?

The question in the title and the question you wrote are not quite the same. The question in the title sounds like it is asking "what case is used after mathematical objects denoted by letters like G,...
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