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    to be a guest....

    Im a bit confused. Which of these is right?

    мы были у бабушки в гости.

    or

    мы были у бабушки в гостях.

    If they are both right...when do you use which?

    Thanks!

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    Re: to be a guest....

    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    Im a bit confused. Which of these is right?

    мы были у бабушки в гости.

    or

    мы были у бабушки в гостях.

    If they are both right...when do you use which?

    Thanks!
    мы были у бабушки в гости.- this one you do not use. It is incorrect.
    мы были у бабушки в гостях. - this one is correct

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    Why do you use that one though? When would you use the other one?

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    гости is nominative plural.

    в is never followed by nominative

    в + Accusative (through, towards, at)

    or

    в + Prepositional (as, while, in)

    мы были у бабушки в гостях
    We were at grandmother's (place) as guests.
    Какая разница, умереть богатым или бедным?

    Какой толк от богатства если ты не счастлив.

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    You can use в гости.

    Тимошенко приедет в гости к Путину

    i was wondering if there is a rule of them when you use which

    got that sentence off the internet

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    Guest
    When preceded by a verb of motion "в гости" = visit.
    NOT to be a guest.

    Тимошенко приедет в гости к Путину
    Тимошенко will arrive on a visit to Putin

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    I got the answer!

    В гостях
    in phrases with быть, сидеть, etc., e.g. быть в гостях to be in someone's home, to be visiting someone informally, to be at a small informal gathering

    В гости
    in phrases with идтй, ходить, etc., e.g. to visit informally, to go to a small informal gathering, to go see someone

    Go to http://russian.dmll.cornell.edu/rdt/ and type "visit".
    Какая разница, умереть богатым или бедным?

    Какой толк от богатства если ты не счастлив.

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    Sweet! Now it all makes sense.

    Thanks!

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