Learn Russian Genitive Case Tips

In studying how to learn Russian, you should realize that the primary use of the genitive case is to show possession. In English people often indicate possession with an apostrophe ('s), or the word "of". Different from English, in Russian the possessor always follows the object it possesses.

For example, in the sentence, "This is Bill's car," the word "Bill" is in the genitive case. But to convert it to Russian you should think of it like "the car of Bill's," placing the possessor after the object.

You should also use the genitive in most cases where you would use the word "of" in English. And you should use the genitive case in Russian for words you could place "some" or "any" before them in English.

Click here to learn about Masculine, Feminine and Neuter nouns for the genitive case.

Click here for an interesting chart of examples of Russian genitive case.

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