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    rules for plural

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    Can anyone help me determining the rules for plural: do russian words (in the plural) end up allways with either Ы, A, or и? How can I determine if a singular word will end up with one or another?
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    Re: rules for plural

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    All words should be memorised

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    Re: rules for plural

    Quote Originally Posted by cactus
    Can anyone help me determining the rules for plural: do russian words (in the plural) end up allways with either Ы, A, or и?
    If I'm not mistaken, only the neuter substantives have A at the end in plural nominative...
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: rules for plural

    Здравствуйте!

    All words should be memorised
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    http://www.seelrc.org:8080/grammar/main ... nguageID=6

    Russian Grammar in English.
    MORPHOLOGY
    Nouns
    Number - Page 34
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    Also, there are some masculine nouns that end with stress -a. Those you have to memorize. Here are some off the top of my heaD:

    паспорт (-> паспортА)
    лес
    город
    череп
    доктор
    берег
    век
    глаз
    жемчуг
    голос
    повар
    борт
    рог
    холод
    рукав
    свитер
    поезд
    отпуск
    профессор
    остров

    There isn't a direct pattern, really, that tells you which one has which plural. However, you can see two patterns here that are in no way universal.

    1) The stressed -a took the form of the dual in Russian, which used to exist a while ago. Some of the words kept it, especially the "paired words" (рогa "horns" / глазa "eyes").

    2) Also, this plural can be seen words that in old Russian that used to be written in xxax (x = 'consonant') and then changed to xoxox (i.e. град -> город, хлад -> холод.. etc).
    "С чий очи сънувам, чий е този лик обречен?
    Смъртен глас ми се причува и отеква с вик далечен
    Как да зърна да погледна, чуждий образ да прегърна,
    на лицето ми студено грях в надежда да превърна.."

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    Also проводА, номерА, ...
    You have to memorize each word individually, just like in German.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pisces
    Also проводА, номерА, ...
    You have to memorize each word individually, just like in German.
    Yes!

    And I just remembered

    вечерА, парусА..
    "С чий очи сънувам, чий е този лик обречен?
    Смъртен глас ми се причува и отеква с вик далечен
    Как да зърна да погледна, чуждий образ да прегърна,
    на лицето ми студено грях в надежда да превърна.."

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    Re: rules for plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    If I'm not mistaken...
    I was mistaken!!
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Ok, thank you all, I see there are some rules and a lot of exeptions. It
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    [quote=cactus]Ok, thank you all, I see there are some rules and a lot of exeptions. It
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