Friday, April 28, 2006

Case endings

I have completely forgotten them. Most of the singular noun endings are coming back OK, but I don't remember the plural endings, or the adjective endings at all (let alone the alternate spelling rules). I do get this weird feeling every once in a while that something's supposed to end in -ий, not -ый, but I can't quite remember why.

Today's word:
большество - majority, most [derived from большой - big]


Blogger Optimistic. said...

большество...that explains "Bolshevik" really well. Excellent.

Speaking of case endings (which I'm only just starting to get into), how do I go about telling what words are masculine and feminine? The book tells me that such distinctions exist, but doesn't provide any sort of information about what they are. It's more than a little frustrating. I really hope this isn't a language in which I will just have to memorize which words are which gender...because that would really be a pain.

1:02 AM  
Blogger Katya said...

The odd thing about the Bolsheviks is that no matter which side prevailed, they would still have been the Bolsheviks.

("Why don't we just call ourselves 'The Band You're about to Hear'?")

2:01 PM  
Blogger Optimistic. said...

I love hearing quotes from That Thing You Do! You have earned an A in my book, above and beyond the A you had already earned for teaching me Russian.

5:34 PM  

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