Does anyone have any good links that can easily and simply explain the Genitive case? I have read the Tips & notes within the lesson, but I can't seem to understand this case.
I think this will help. http://www.russianforfree.com/lessons-russian-cases-04.php The parts of the sentences in genitive case are highlighted in blue.
Genitive is usually associated with possession, so pay attention to words like "у"
Also pay attention to how У меня есть собака (I have a dog), dog is not in Genitive, only меня is. But in the negative version, У меня нет собаки, both меня and собаки are in Genitive
It's also right after words like много (a lot of / some), or as taught in the duo course, words like тарелка (plate), стакан (glass).
And it's also used after words like возле (near) and always after для (for). There are other uses, but I'm sure you'll learn them as you work on your tree.
Thanks. I like the simple description there of when the Genitive case is used:
WHEN IS THE GENITIVE USED? Generally, we use the genitive case... - to express ownership: Это стол моего брата - This is my brother's table. - in many cases where we use "of" in English: Это стакан воды - This is glass of water. - to express ownership with the construction у + genitive + есть: У моего друга есть стол - My friend has a table. - to express absence of an object/person: Здесь моего брата нет - My brother is not here.