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Lesson 9:
Instrumental - Part 2

The instrumental case of adjectives

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Introduction to Russian cases

Introduction to the instrumental case

When is the instrumental case used?

Generally, we use the instrumental case...

  • to express the "instrument" used to perform an action: Он пи́шет ру́чкой - He writes with a pen
  • with the preposition с (with): Я иду́ туда́ с тобо́й - I go there with you / Ко́фе с молоко́м - Coffee with milk
  • to tell the parts of the day: у́тро/у́тром: - morning / in the morning - день/днём: afternoon / in the afternoon - ве́чер/ве́чером: evening / in the evening - ночь/но́чью: night / at night

What will we learn in this lesson?

We are going to learn the genitive case of different adjectives and pronouns.

Russian vocabulary

Russian vocabulary

Read, listen and repeat the vocabulary of this lesson:

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for children, children's




in front of




cook, culinary expert





удивля́ть + Instr.

to surprise with smth.

интересова́ться + Instr.

to be interested in





занима́ться + Instr.

to occupy oneself with

поднима́ть настрое́ние

to raise someone's spirits



руководи́ть + Instr.

to manage, to control

горди́ться + Instr.

to be proud of


huge, great

Russian dialogues

Dialogues in Russian

Read, listen and pay attention to the cases used

Extra help: highliged cases + tables

We have highlighted the words in instrumental. You can also look up these grammar tables while you read the dialogues:

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Russian grammar

Russian grammar

Read the following grammar summary. We will learn the cases from this lesson.

The instrumental Case: Adjetives

In the dialogues we have seen examples of Instrumental Case (Instr.) in adjectives. Below we will learn more about it

Adjective + Noun in singular

We have highlighted the endings in the tables for each gender.

Masculine: -ым -им>

  • Э́то мой но́вый студе́нт (Nom.).
    This is my new student.
  • Я дово́лен мои́м но́вым студе́нтом (Instr.).
    I am pleased with my new student.

Feminine: -ой -ей

  • Э́то моя́ интере́сная кни́га (Nom.).
    This is my interesting book.
  • Я дово́лен мое́й интере́сной кни́гой (Instr.).
    I am pleased with my interesting book.

Neuter: -ым -им

  • Э́то моё большо́е окно́ (Nom.).
    This is my big window.
  • Я дово́лен мои́м больши́м окно́м (Instr.).
    I am pleased with my big window.

Adjective + Noun in plural

We have highlighted the endings in the tables for each gender.

Masculine: -ыми -ими

  • Э́то мои́ но́вые студе́нты (Nom.).
    These are my new students.
  • Я дово́лен мои́ми но́выми студе́нтами (Instr.).
    I am pleased with my new students.

Feminine: -ыми -ими

  • Э́то мои́ интере́сные кни́ги (Nom.).
    These are my interesting books.
  • Я дово́лен мои́ми интере́сными кни́гами (Instr.).
    I am pleased with my interestings books.

Neuter: -ыми -ими

  • Э́то мои́ больши́е о́кна (Nom.).
    These are my big windows.
  • Я дово́лен мои́ми больши́ми о́кнами (Instr.).
    I am pleased with my big windows.
Russian test


Check how much you have learnt in this lesson:

1. Fill the gap in the sentenсe: Я стал ... врачом

2. Instrumental endings for adjectives in plural are...

3. The instrumental singular form for "новая работа" is ...
новей работой
новой работой
новой работы

4. What option is not instrumental?
свежим хлебом
нашей квартире
его работой

5. Finish the sentenсe: Я встречаюсь с ...
моими братями
моими братами
моими братьями

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