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Part 1 - The accusative case of inanimate nouns

What can I learn with this course? The case system is one of the most complicated parts of learning the Russian language. We have created this course with a main idea: we want to give you lots of examples. Instead of a long grammatical explanation about cases and how to use them, we have decided to give you dialogues (more than 30 in this course) that you can read and listen to. For each case we have developed two lessons, and in each lesson you'll find dialogues where the cases are highlighted in a different colour. That's going to help you understand when a case is used more than reading grammar theory. At the end of each lesson, you'll find a grammar summary where we've try to explain the cases with easy to follow examples.

!! This course requires basic knowledge of Russian. If this is not your case, we recommend you our Basic Russian Course.


WHEN IS THE ACCUSATIVE USED? Generally, we use this case...
- to express the direct object: Я вижу мою книгу - I see my book.
- after some prepositions to show the place "someone goes to": Мы идём в кино - We are going to the cinema.

WHAT WILL WE LEARN IN THIS LESSON? We are going to learn the accusative case of different inanimate nouns (that is, names of non-living objects). We will also learn the accusative of pronouns.


These are the new words that you will learn in this lesson. Read, listen and repeat them.

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  • case
  • nominative (Nom.)
  • accusative (Ac.)
  • more / anymore
  • juice
  • water
  • beer
  • pizza
  • bread
  • maybe
  • neither / either
  • favourite
  • tasty / yummy
  • nice / beautiful
  • by the way
  • well...
  • падеж
  • Именительный падеж
  • Винительный падеж
  • больше
  • сок
  • вода
  • пиво
  • пицца
  • хлеб
  • может (быть)
  • тоже нет
  • любимый
  • вкусный
  • красивый
  • кстати
  • ну...


 With extra help for the cases!

Our extra help: we have highlighted
in blue the words in accusative


taken from our course Tables of Russian Grammar

      Look up these tables while you read the dialogues:           
: Accusative Case. See table
      PERSONAL PRONOUNS: Accusative Case. See table
      POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS: Accusative Case. See table
*Don't memorize the tables. Use them only for quick reference.           



- Hi Michael. I really want to drink!
What do you have?

- Good evening, Masha. What do you want to drink? I have juice, water and beer.

- I want... I want juice, water... and I also want beer. And I also want to eat! What do you have?

- Well... I have pizza and bread. What do you want?

- I want pizza and bread. I want everything!


- Привет Майкл. Я очень хочу пить!
Что у тебя есть?

- Добрый вечер, Маша. Что хочешь пить? У меня есть сок, вода и пиво.

- Я хочу... я хочу сок, воду... и пиво я тоже хочу. А ещё хочу есть! Что у тебя есть?

- Ну... у меня есть пицца и хлеб. Что хочешь?

- Я хочу пиццу и хлеб. Я всё хочу!




- You know, I want to buy a table and a lamp.
Tomorrow I'm going to a shop.

- Maybe you want to buy my table?
I don't like it anymore.

- No, I'm not buying it... I don't like it either. But I buy your lamp.

- Sorry, but this is my favourite lamp...
Maybe you want my coat?

- Hey! This is a very nice coat. I buy it.


- Ты знаешь, я хочу купить стол и лампу.
Завтра я иду в магазин.

- Может хочешь купить мой стол?
Он мне больше не нравится.

- Нет, я не куплю его... Он мне тоже не нравится. Но я куплю твою лампу.

- Извини, но это моя любимая лампа...
Может хочешь моё пальто?

- Ух ты! Это очень красивое пальто. Я куплю его.





- Anya did pancakes yesterday. They are very tasty.

- Yes... I love her pancakes. They are my favourite pancakes.

- And mine? You don't love them?

- Of course, I love your pancakes. And I love your buns too.

- Thank you! By the way, I did buns today. Do you want?

- Yes, please.


- Аня делала блины вчера. Они очень вкусные.

- Да... Я люблю её блины. Это мои любимые блины.

- А мои? Ты их не любишь?

- Конечно, я люблю твои блины. А ещё я люблю твои булочки.

- Спасибо! Кстати, я делала булочки сегодня. Ты хочешь?

- Да, пожалуйста.

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                      RUSSIAN GRAMMAR

Read the following grammar summary. We will learn the cases from this lesson. If you have any question, remember that you can always ask in our forum.

The Accusative Case:
Inanimate nouns

In this lesson's dialogues we have seen examples of Nominative (Nom.) and Accusative (Acc.) Case in inanimate nouns (that is, names of non-living objects). These are the most important points to remember about these two Cases:

Inanimate nouns in singular:
- Accusative masculine = Nominative masculine
- Accusative neuter = Nominative neuter
- Feminine: its endings are unique to the Accusative.
We highlight in red the endings for feminine.
  Masculine: no endings because Nom. = Acc.
 - Это мой стол (Nom.). Я вижу мой стол (Acc.)
 - This is my table. I see my table
  Feminine: -у -ю
 - Это моя книга (Nom.). Я вижу мою книгу (Acc.)
 - This is my book. I see my book
  Neuter: no endings because Nom. = Acc.
 - Это моё окно (Nom.). Я вижу моё окно (Acc.)
 - This is my window. I see my window
Inanimate nouns in plural:

- Accusative = Nominative
(for all three genders)

  Masculine: no endings because Nom. = Acc.
 - Это мои столы (Nom.). Я вижу мои столы (Acc.)
 - These are my tables. I see my tables
  Feminine: no endings because Nom. = Acc.
 - Это мои книги (Nom.). Я вижу мои книги (Acc.)
 - These are my books. I see my books
  Neuter: no endings because Nom. = Acc.
 - Это мои окна (Nom.). Я вижу мои окна (Acc.)
 - These are my windows. I see my windows
Remember! The Accusative and Nominative are identical in singular and plural for inanimate nouns
The only exception is feminine singular.



1. Which word is in the accusative case?        вода   воду     воды

2. What is the accusative form of "пиво"?      пиво   пиву     пива     

3. How do you say "I see books" in Russian?   я вижу книга       я вижу книги    я вижу книгу

4. Tell the case of the word in blue: Я вижу окна        acc. singular      nom. plural        acc. plural

5. What is the accusative of "моя лампа"?    моя лампа      мою лампу    мой ламп     

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