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Introducing Different Russian Cases

By Andrew Kaufman, Serafima Gettys

Part of Russian For Dummies Cheat Sheet

What’s a case? In simple terms, cases are sets of endings that words take to indicate their function and relationship to other words in a sentence. Different languages have different numbers of cases. Russian has 6 cases, which isn’t that bad compared to Finnish, which has 15! English speakers, on the other hand, never have to bother with cases. Here’s an introduction to Russian’s six cases: