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Going Negative with Accusative and Genitive Posted by on Sep 25, 2012

 How about this phrase Не вижу смысла (It doesn’t make sense to me). The verb видеть is transitive, so according to the rule the noun смысл must be in accusative. Yet смысла is not accusative, but genitive case (check out the complete declension table). Besides, if I were to say Я вижу смысл в чём-то (Something…

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Walking a Dog or More About Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Posted by on Sep 20, 2012

Last week I did a post about whether to use nouns in accusative or genitive case after verbs. If you missed the post and don’t feel like reading it now, here’s the rule in the nutshell: If a verb is transitive, then use the accusative case. If a verb is intransitive, then use the genitive…

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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Posted by on Sep 13, 2012

Back in August Rob did a post about Russian анекдоты (jokes). One of the jokes went like this: – «Ну, и чем вчера закончилась твоя ссора с женой?» – «О, она приползла ко мне на коленях…» – «И чего сказала?» – «Вылезай из-под кровати, подлый трус!» – “So, how did your argument yesterday with…

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How I Ended This Summer With Russian Grammar Posted by on Jul 11, 2011

Have you watched a great movie lately? How about a great Russian movie? Did I just give the subject of this post away? Not really because while it will be about a really good movie, it will also be about «анаколуф» [anacoluthon] and grammar. The movie I watched a couple of days ago was called…

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