"Ему тридцать три года."

Translation:He is thirty three years old.

November 11, 2015



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. :/

November 19, 2015


один год

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?

November 19, 2015


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?

November 19, 2015


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

December 24, 2015


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

год: english explanation

год: russian explanation

But, It seems people learn it differently though. Here > "summer" explanation

December 29, 2015


I still don't understand, can someone explain it more simply?

July 8, 2018


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.

May 31, 2017


What about: двадцать тридцать etc. ?

June 10, 2017


It is also лет.

November 8, 2017


Он Иисус Христос?

May 18, 2018


Наш герой :)

June 5, 2018


why Ему instead of oн?

February 15, 2017


It's more like, "he has 33 years"

February 26, 2017


Because when talking about age you use Dative Pronouns

December 4, 2017
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