https://www.duolingo.com/Mawkush1

У девочки нет воды.

Short, and simple:

Why's the "а" replaced with "и" rather than "ы"?

http://www.russianlessons.net/lessons/lesson10_main.php

Forming the genitive case

Masculine Nouns:

1. If the noun ends in a consonant, add “а”.

2. Replace “й”, with “я”.

3. Replace “ь”, add “я”.

Feminine Nouns:

1. Replace “а” with “ы”.

2. Replace “я” with “и”.

3. Replace “ь” with “и”.

Neuter Nouns:

1. Replace “о” with “а”

*2. Replace “е” with “я” *

June 7, 2019

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/VKIhxqhW

in Russian, after к there is never ы, so in the genitive you replace the а with и instead

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HalJam
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This is one of the Russian spelling rules - in this case rule #1. It is essential you learn these, the earlier the better.

Added: Have you been reading the Tips and Notes for the Russian course as you go? Your question was answered in the Tips and Notes for the "Animals-1" skill, which you just completed:

There are some restrictions on which consonants are used with which vowels when making word forms. Here are the rules for и, а, у vs. ы, я, ю:

use only И, not Ы, after к, г, х/ ж, ш, щ, ч

...

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mawkush1

Yeah, I even memorized those rules, when I was learning plurals!

Alright, it makes a lot more sense now, the reason was also obvious.

Thanks for the reminder!

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/VKIhxqhW

this is also the case for х and г by the way

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SandraStea1

This is the forum for Duolingo in English. Your helpful tips may last longer and be of much more benefit in the Russian forum. IF you want to leave it here, may be change the title to an English one to help people find it.

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang4

Oh. Hello again.

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mawkush1

That was my initial intention, I don't understand why it was posted in DUO English.

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang4

Ummm... is this Russian?

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mawkush1

Yes it is.

June 7, 2019
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