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    ...+ов & ...+nothing

    When you use the genitive case with some nouns. How do you know if the word is changed for example like this : "книги -> книг" or to this "дураки -> дураков".
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    You should be able to know by the context.

    У меня много книг.
    I have many (of) books.

    Using the genitive after много, I always imagine that I am substituting the zero endings for fem. and the OB type endings masc. for the word in english "of".
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    You need to learn the rules about the endings. That means, you need to learn each noun's GENDER, and you need to learn its DECLENSION PATTERN.

    Once you know if a noun is masc., fem., or neuter, then you will know which of the possible spellings of, for example, genitive plural endings, you would apply - -ов, -ев, -ей, -ий, or the zero ending. In your two examples you have a feminine noun and a masculine noun. For the most part these two groups take different endings for the g.pl. although they happen to take the same one -и in the nom.pl. that you cite.

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    Just something interesting:

    In some southern dialects of Russian, they just use the gen. pl. ending "-ов" for masculine, feminine, and neuter nouns.

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