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Need help with [что, чего, чём], [кто, кого, ком], [чей, чьего, чью, чьём]

I'm struggling to use each of these words in context. Could anyone provide simple example sentences using each, and perhaps state the case, since some of these can be genitive/accusative?

November 19, 2015



Perhaps not very pedagogical, but what comes to mind to me as a native speaker - I hope it helps: что ты делаешь? (accusative) чего ты хочешь? (genitive - кого/чего, but sometimes hard to distinguish from accusative кого/что... perhaps, some would even say что ты хочешь?) о чём ты говоришь? (о ком/о чём is instrumental case)

кто виноват? (A classical question of Russian intelligentsia, nominative кто/что) кого черт принес? (used when grumbling about approaching uncalled guest, genitive) по ком звонит колокол? (Russian rendition of the Hamingway's "For whom the bell tolls", although literally corresponds to: "About whom the bell tolls", instrumental)

чей это дом? чью чашку ты разбил? на чьем дне рождения ты был? чьего внимания ты добиваешься? (somewhat contrived example, but чьего is not used very much)

I have always felt shaky about attributing genitive/accusative


Спасибо за твою помощь. This helped clear a lot of things up.

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