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    why genitive?

    hi,
    can someone tell me why пассажиров is in the genitive or accusative.

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    На Белорусском вокзале, например, взялись пассажиров обслуживать комплексно от приобретений билетов в любой конец света и обратно до организации различных туристических поездок -- и не только в поездах, но и автомобилем или самолётом.
    Кому - нары, кому - Канары.

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    It's accusative

    кого? - пассажиров

    The word пассажир is animated; the accusatve case of animated nouns is equal to genitive

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    Re: why genitive?

    "обслуживать" is transitive verb, it requires accusative.
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    Loose word order has confused you yet again, huh?

    взялись = they began (the station workers, that is)

    There's no subject in this sentence (it's only implied).

    Пассажиров is the object here, not subject.

    взялись пассажиров обслуживать... = they began to serve passengers...
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    how would you translate взялись?

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    Кому - нары, кому - Канары.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    how would you translate взялись?

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    взяться - to take up, to begin, to start, to undertake
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    взяться can also be translated "get down to," "get a hold of," etc.

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