050 – The Dative case (introduction)

We continue with the Russian grammar and today we are starting with the Dative case. This lesson will give you a general explanation of the Dative case with some examples, and starting from the next lesson we’ll learn how to form the Dative.

The Dative designates that something is given or addressed to the person or the object (to whom? for what?).

Let’s have a look at some examples. The nouns in 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.

Practice these examples with the audio track.

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