Russian Negation: Genitive case vs Accusative case.

I have been learning Russian on my own for a couple of years now, and amongst the many grammatical features the language has (and that i have encountered so far), negation is unequivocally the most interesting. The reason, as many of you may already be aware of, or be soon to discover, is that the choice of either Genitive or the Accusative case depends greatly on the speaker. HOWEVER, the only forced used of the Genitive case is when the particle НЕТ is used (to express an absence). I've spent some hours researching the topic, and I came across the following thesis, where the author explores this rather strange feature of the language:

"RUSSIAN GENITIVE OF NEGATION IS OBLIGATORY! (AT LEAST WHEN THE SPEAKER SORT OF FEELS LIKE USING IT) A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts by Philip K. Robinson August 2013 "

The general choice of which case to use, as I understand it, depends on the definiteness of the object being spoken about. I strongly recommend reading at least section 7: "7 Sample native‐speaker views".

The problem, as presented in the thesis, is that even between native speakers there are different preferences of which case should be used and why. I would greatly appreciate opinions and thoughts on the matter, because as I see it, the answer of which case should be used is in the community. My goal is to master the language, and I want to use the Case that is the most widely accepted.

August 10, 2019, 3:46 AM


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