050 – The Dative case (introduction)

Today we are starting with the Dative case. This lesson gives a general explanation of the Dative case, starting from the next lesson we’ll learn how to form it.

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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