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    Hanna
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    Дел....

    I came across this sentence:

    --------------У тебя сегодня много дел?

    I got a bit confused by the word "дел" in the sentence.
    I couldn't find a good entry for it in the dictionary.

    This is a NOUN right? I.e.

    --------------You've got plenty of things to do today?


    But it can also be a verb, right? If anybody could help me understand this I'd be very grateful!

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    Re: Дел....

    Дел is the genitive plural from "дело" - business, affair, thing to do.
    You have many things-to-do today.

    It can be a verb: Тебе сегодня надо много сделать. (actually, as a question, it would sound clumsy). "Много дел" is a set phrase, very common.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Дел....

    There is also perfective verb деть (smth. like "to put") which have the form дел (past, single) but it is not the case here.
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    Re: Дел....

    Thanks.. I don't know why I wasn't able to figure out that it was the plural... I just hadn't seen that word in plural before..

    All the same, it's so nice to be able to get answers here. Makes the learning so much nicer.
    Thank you both!

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    Re: Дел....

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Дел is the genitive plural from "дело"
    But some people can say "делов" instead of "дел" in colloquial speech
    "Да тут делов-то всего на полчаса работы!"

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