"Where is the towel?"
Is this word irregular? Why does it say it declines to an "а" instead of an "я" on Wiktionary? https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%86%D0%B5
There are certain so-called "Spelling Rules"—despite them actually showing the pronunciation for some of the consonants they cover.
Remember «женщина» becoming «женщины» but «девочка» becoming «девочки»? This is the same stuff.
Here are the rules. You do not need to memorize them instantly, though.
The 7-letter spelling rule:
- after К, Г, Х, and Ж, Ш, Щ, Ч always use «и», not «ы».
The 5-letter spelling rule:
- after Ж, Ш, Щ, Ч and Ц never use an unstressed «о»; use «е» instead.
The 8-letter spelling rule:
- after Г, К, Х, after Ж, Ш, Щ, Ч and after Ц always use «а» or «у», not «я» or «ю»
This depends on the last consonant of the stem. All neuter words in -це will be declined this way, compare солнце, оконце. A declension is different for ц because ц has no soft pair ць.
Unlike the "English through Russian" course, "Russian through English" does not allow translating "the" as "этот".
Weird question but in the options it shows полотенце twice and each one is prononced differently even though they are spelled the same way...this is the same word i triple checked that its spelled the same and all that just confused as to why they are prononced differently and if they mean something different. i saw the same thing as an option in a previous question as well just curious if anyone knew