Год (часть шестая)

by Don  

The case forms of год are:

Nomгодгоды, года
Genгода, годугодов, лет
Preгоде, годугодах

Note the two nominative plural forms. Dictionaries list both, but truth to tell you almost never see the года version for the plural.

Note the two forms for the genitive plural. The form лет is used after numbers and а few other words like много, мало, сколько and несколько. Годов is used everywhere else:

Я прожил несколько лет в Таганроге. I spent a few years in Taganrog.
Американские машины тех годов считаются эталоном красоты и роскоши. (adapted from this source) American cars of those years are considered the gold standard of beauty and luxury.

Note the two forms of the prepositional case. The form in -у is used to say "in such and such a year", and the -е form is used as the prepositional case form in other contexts:

В том году мы жили в Баку. That year we lived in Baku.
Мы говорили о годе дракона. We talked about the year of the dragon.

We will address the alternative genitive forms tomorrow.

1 comment

Comment from: MMM [Visitor]  

Говорят “тех лет", а не “тех годов".

02/07/14 @ 04:32

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