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Difference between один / одна / одну, два / две in survival kit lesson - Numbers, Decimals and Dollars

Matthieu13

Matthieu13

Здравствуйте!
there is something else that I don't understand in the lesson Numbers, Decimals and Dollars (survival kit) in the following examples:

одна целая пять десятых
Я хочу одну

Why is it not один целая пять десятых or Я хочу один?

Same question about два in these two examples:

Я хочу две
Мне семьдесят два года

How can I know when I should use either две or два?

Спасибо! Thank you
Natalya - Tutor

Natalya - Tutor

Здравствуйте Matthieu13!

It's true Russian numbers can be tricky, particularly один and два.

The word один changes to match the grammatical form of the following word, e.g.:

один год (one year) - masculine
одна минута (one minute) - feminine
одно пиво (one beer) - neuter
It also has other case forms.

The word "two" has only two forms: два and две.
Два is used with masculine and neuter nouns:
два года (two years)
два пива (two beers)
Две is used with feminine nouns:
две булки (two loaves)
две сестры (two sisters)




 
Matthieu13

Matthieu13

Спасибо, Natalya, I understand now!

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