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Russian plural nominative of учитель

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Why "наше учителя" and not "наше учители" for "our teachers"?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Djenthallman
Djenthallman
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  1. Наши, not наше. It's a mistake. Наше is used with neuter nouns, наши is used with plurals.

  2. Just an irregular plural form. Учители used to be correct, but now it's out of date.

2 years ago

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The plural is "наши учителя", not "наше". I don't think there is a good reason for this, so you just need to remember it:

И. ед.ч.: Учи'тель

Р. ед.ч.: Учи'теля

Д. ед.ч.: Учи'телю

В. ед.ч.: Учи'теля

Т. ед.ч.: Учи'телем

П. ед.ч.: Об учи'теле

И. мн.ч.: Учителя'

Р. мн.ч.: Учителе'й

Д. мн.ч.: Учителя'м

В. мн.ч.: Учителе'й

Т. мн.ч.: Учителя'ми

П. мн.ч.: Об учителя'х

This kind of ending is not standard, as you have mentioned, but there is a number of words deсlined in this way.

Here is a link to a Russian website discussing this issue (which itself is copied from a textbook): http://gramma.ru/RUS/?id=2.30

They mention that there are several other words, like профессор - профессора, доктор - доктора. Sometimes people use a different ending there like учители, профессоры and докторы, but it sounds unnatural to most native speakers.

2 years ago

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In Russian, the word "учитель" has two different meanings. Some words-homonyms choice of word ending "-я" or "-и" depends from the meaning, so that "наши учителЯ" in the meaning of "school teachers etc," but "наши учИтели" in the meaning of "ideological leaders, heads of doctrine etc", for details see http://gramma.ru/RUS/?id=4.15

For example: У каждого человека должны быть учителЯ и учИтели.

2 years ago