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    вино becomes нет вина.... why?

    Why does the ending of the word вино change to вина in the sentence:
    у меня нет вина.

    but the word пива remains the same in a similar sentence:
    у меня нет пива.

    What grammar rule is at play here?
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    Re: вино becomes нет вина.... why?

    Well, it's пивo, if I'm not mistaken.

    So, in not possessing something, it takes the genitive case, which for neuter and masculine nouns, usually ends in a, in the genitive singular.

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    Re: вино becomes нет вина.... why?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoftPretzel
    Why does the ending of the word вино change to вина in the sentence:
    у меня нет вина.

    but the word пива remains the same in a similar sentence:
    у меня нет пива.

    What grammar rule is at play here?
    it's in Genitive case

    declension of Neuter nouns ending in -o in singular:
    Nominative: слов-о
    Genitive: слов-а
    Dative: слов-у
    Accusative: слов-о
    Instrumental: слов-ом
    Prepositional: слов-е

    Beer in nominative case is пиво
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    Re: вино becomes нет вина.... why?

    Ah, thanks so much for clearing that up for me, quartz!
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    Re: вино becomes нет вина.... why?

    There is no / not any = нет + genitive

    есть сыр
    нет сыра

    есть еда
    нет еды

    у меня есть деньги
    у меня нет денег

    пиво is pronounced 'piva' because the final O is unstressed.

    есть пиво
    нет пива
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