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Fun Uses of the Instrumental Case in Russian Posted by on Jul 24, 2018


The instrumental case (твори́тельный паде́ж) is primarily used to talk about the tools or means that allow you to do something. There are also other, less literal, uses of this case that express the manner in which something is done. The most common use of the instrumental case is, of course, the instrument with which…

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Instrumental Case Revisited Posted by on Jun 19, 2012

A couple of days ago, вечером (in the evening), I sat down с фотоальбомом (with a photo album) in my hands. I love looking through old pictures, especially those снятые моими родителями (taken by my parents). For some reason I have lots of photos from when I was младенцем (a baby) and then again, в…

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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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Using the Instrumental Case, Part 3 Posted by on Apr 14, 2011

«Дорогие друзья» [Dear friends], I don’t know about you, «но мне надоедает творительный падеж» [but I am tired of the instrumental case]. But luckily, this is the last post in the series on the instrumental case. Russian grammar is good, but only in small doses, right? But luckily we haven’t only had grammar this…

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Using the Instrumental Case, Part 2 Posted by on Apr 12, 2011

«Дорогие читатели» [Dear readers], as we say in Russian: «Сколько лет, сколько зим!» [Long time, no see (literally it means “How many summers, how many winters”)]. «Простите меня» [Forgive me] for having such a long hiatus between posts–I’m sure you’re just dying to learn more about the instrumental case, right? This post is a continuation…

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The Instrumental Case Continued: «стать и становиться» Posted by on Apr 9, 2010