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    Expressing age of a person

    How old is his father?
    Сколько лет его отцу?
    Can one say "сколько лет ему отцу" instead, as the person is supposed to be in the dative case?
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    Re: Expressing age of a person

    No, you can't.
    The noun (the person) is in the dative case, but the word, which describes it, is not and should not:
    его отец
    его отца
    его отцу
    его отца
    его отцом
    о его отце


    "Его" is not an adjective, so it shouldn't change.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Спасибо.
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    'его' meaning 'his' is indeclinable, i.e. it doesn't change form.
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