Lesson 050

Dative case in Russian (introduction)

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Today we continue studying the Russian grammar.

After we have learned the Genitive case, let’s move on to the Dative case. This lesson will give you a general explanation of the Dative case with some examples.

In the next lesson, we will start learning how to form the Dative case.

The Dative case designates that something is given or addressed to the person or the object. In Russian, it answers questions кому́? (to whom?) and чему́? (to what?).

Read the examples below and try to explain to yourself why the Dative case is usef. The nouns in the Dative are highlighted.

Я покупа́ю пода́рок сестре́.
I’m buying a gift for my sister.

Он пи́шет письмо́ роди́телям.
He is writing a letter to his parents.

Э́то пла́тье не подхо́дит к мои́м ту́флям.
This dress doesn’t suit to my shoes.

Бе́лое вино́ не подаю́т к мя́су.
White wine isn’t served to meat.

Передава́й отцу́ приве́т от меня́. *
Say hello to your father from me.

* Temporarily not in the audio

Practice these examples with the audio track. Stick with us and in the next lesson we will continue to learn Russian and Russian Dative case.

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