How do I know whether to use лет or год when expressing age? I remember back in my Russian class being very confused about that. :/
два года | три года | четыре года
пять лет | семь лет | восемь лет | девять лет | десять лет | одиннадцать лет | ....
двадцать один год
двадцать два года | ....
двадцать пять лет | ...
Do you see the pattern?
Ohhh okay, I think I get it.
один год - nominative masc. singular
два/три/четыре года - genitive masc. singular
But what's the deal with лет? Does it ever decline? Or is it already in nominative/genitive plural?
Лет is the genitive plural of "summer," so you could be 33 summers old :) I don't know why лет is used for years, though
Wow, yup, "лет" is the "genitive plural" of "лето". But, at the same time "лет" is also the "genitive plural" of "год". Not native though, but I think that's why it's used to express one's age . xD
But, It seems people learn it differently though. Here > "summer" explanation
So why don't they explain this in the T&N? I saw that for some reason 2, 3 and 4 (and higher numbers ending with these) are "special" somehow but there's no mention of using год instead of лет.