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    which sentence is correct ?

    У неё нет русских видеокассет.

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    У неё нет русской видеокассет

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    Re: which sentence is correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnroman
    У неё нет русских видеокассет.
    Correct.

    У неё нет русской видеокассет
    Incorrect. It must be either as in first sentence (plural) or "У неё нет русской видеокассеты". (singlular)
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    What case is "видеокассет" in the sentence: У неё нет русских видеокассет ?

    What is the nominative singular and plural case ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnroman
    What case is "видеокассет" in the sentence: У неё нет русских видеокассет ?
    Genitive.

    What is the nominative singular and plural case ?
    Видеокассета -- singular
    Видеокассеты -- plural
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    May I ask why it takes genetive? I thought that it would be nominative there.
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    Hm... As I learned at school, genitive case answers questions "кого?" or "чего?". You can ask "Нет чего?" and answer "Видеокассет". Nominative answers questions "кто?" or "что?". You can't ask "Нет что?". That's why the case is genitive. At least I was learned to recognize cases with the help of such questions at school. I don't know how do foreigners learn cases
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    My explanation is awful. Maybe, somebody else can do it better?
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    Genetive of absence. When there isn't something, or something is missing, you need genetive.

    у меня нет ДЕНЕГ.

    ЕГО нет дома.

    у меня РУССКИХ ДРУЗЕЙ нету.

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    We're just taught that after нет or a negation, use the genetive.
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