# год и лет

RoseDG1
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When should I use "год" and when should I use "лет?"

3 years ago

LICA98
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when the number ends in 1 - год; 2, 3, 4 - года; 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 (also 11, 12, 13, 14) - лет

1 год, 4 года, 8 лет, 11 лет, 21 год, 23 года, 33 года, 100 лет

3 years ago

^^^ this

It is the same with час

1 час 2,3,4 часа 5,6,7,8,9,0 часов

3 years ago

msgur
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1 месяц, 2,3,4 месяца, 5,6,7,8,9,0 месяцев

1 неделя, 2,3,4 недели, 5,6,7,8,9,0 недель

3 years ago

jahess
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This is how counting works. You do this type of thing with every noun (except some loanwords).

1 year ago

MatteoEich
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Год is nominative, года is genitive and лет is the (irregular) genitive plural. Numbers ending with -1 (except 11) require the nominative (год, час, минута). Numbers ending with -2, -3, -4 (such as 2, 23, 54...) require the genitive (лета, часа, минуты) Numbers ending with -5, -6, -7, -8, -9 (such as 6, 75, 89, 5) and ALL NUMBERS from 5 to 20 require the genitive plural. Moreover do numbers like 20, 30, 50, 70... require the genitive plural (such as лет, часов, минут)

3 years ago

RoseDG1
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Thank you all!

Now, when someone talks about a date, it seems to always be года. Is this true?

3 years ago

I guess you're talking about ordinal numbers used with год, like in "первое января две тысячи шестнадцатого года" (January 1, 2016). With ordinal numbers it's always год, not лет, but the form of год depends on the case. "Две тысячи шестнадцатого" in the example above is in the genitive case, hence "года".
You may find useful my comment here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12732515

3 years ago