If you want to use the construction «У меня есть …» in the past tense, you should put the verb «есть» (to be) into the past tense. Here are some examples, У меня был урок – I had a lesson У меня была встреча – I had a meeting У меня было совещание – I had a business meeting У меня были проблемы – I had problems Pay attention that the verb «быть» depends on the gender of the object. «Урок» is a masculine gender noun, we say «был урок», and «встреча» is a feminine noun – we say «была встреча». Basically we say, «meetingRead More →

In Russian when we want to say that we have something we use a special construction, which literally can be translated as «there is something near me». For example, У меня есть дом – I have a house (There is a house near me) У меня есть машина – I have a car У тебя есть собака – You have a dog (you informal) У вас есть ручка? – Do you have a pen? (you formal) So first you say «у» then name a person who has, and then use the word «есть«. Pay attention that there is «н» added to pronouns starting with aRead More →

The accusative case is used not only with direct objects (more about it here) but also with destinations. Destination is a place to which someone or something is going or being sent. It is usually used with verbs of motion like «идти» (to go on foot) or «ехать» (to go by transport). And one of common mistakes foreigners make, they use the prepositional case with the destination. Remember, the prepositional case (the ending -e) is used for location, when the person is already there, not when they are on their way. For the destination is used the accusative case, Which means masculine, neuter or pluralRead More →

Dative pronouns or pronouns in the dative case are used when we have preposition «to» before a pronoun in English. мне – to me тебе –  to you (singular informal) ему – to him ей – to her ему – to it нам – to us вам – to you (plural or formal) им – to hem We use the dative pronouns in 4 situations: 1. When there is an addressee (the person who is receiving something). Скажи мне – Say it to me. Я дал ему информацию – I gave the information to him. Я отправил ей имейл – I sent an email to her. 2. When we want to say thatRead More →

Sometimes it is hard for my students to remember the whole list of 7 letters after which we never have the letter -ы but we use the letter -и instead. Especially it is very important for putting nouns into the plural form (банк – банки), adjectives (высокий, хороший), or feminine nouns in the genitive case (у девушки, у собаки). So the list is: к, г, ш, щ, ж, ч, х. And if it is hard for you to remember it, I decided to think of a funny little sentence to help you to remember. Карл Говорит Шарлотте, Что Желает Хорошие Щи. – Carl says to CharlotteRead More →