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чувак  [choo-VAK] (masculine noun) – dude, man, guy

А кто этот чувак? Ты его раньше здесь видел? = Who is that guy? Have you seen him here before?

У тебя что, чувак, совсем крыша поехала? =  Dude, are you nuts?

The accusative case: pronouns


You say "I like her" and not "I like she", don't you? In Russian we also say "Я люблю её" and not "Я люблю она".

"Её" is an example of a personal pronoun in the accusative case. Here are some more examples:

Я вижу Алексея. Я его вижу. = I can see Alexey. I can see him.

Он покупает газету. Он её покупает. = He's buying a newspaper. He's buying it.

Мы любим яблоки. Мы их любим. = We like apples. We like them.

Ты меня видишь? = Can you see me?

Марина тебя не знает. = Marina doesn't know you (informal).

Я вас люблю. = I love you (formal or plural).

Родители нас не понимают. = Our parents don't understand us.


Click on the pronouns to hear them  pronounced:

я (I) - меня (me)

ты (you - informal) - тебя (you - object)

он (he) - его (him)

она (she) - её (her)

мы (we) - нас (us)

вы (you - formal or plural) - вас (you - object)

они (they) - их (them)


If you like, you can check how well you remember them using the flashcards.

Please, note:

1. In Russian there's no equivalent of "it". If an inanimate noun is masculine or neuter, you replace it with "его":

Я люблю молоко (чай). Я его люблю. = I like milk (tea). I like it.

If it's feminine, you replace it with "её":

Я люблю колбасу. Я её люблю. = I like sausage. I like it.

If it's plural, you use "их":

Я люблю апельсины. Я их люблю. = I like oranges. I like them.

2. Object pronouns usually go before the verb. It's possible to put them after the verb, but it doesn't always sound natural, so I'd advise you to put them before the verb to be on the safe side. Please, remember that you never separate "не" and the verb:

Я их не люблю. = I don't like them.

Мы его не видели. = We haven't seen him.



Now you can do the exercises:

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3