Fractions in Russian

April 13, 2019 | Tags: Russian numbers

Did you know that we use both cardinal and ordinal numerals to say fractions?

For example, 1/2 is одна вторая (both numerals are used in the Nominative case), but 2/3 is две третьих (the first cardinal number is used in Nominative feminine and the ordinal one, in Genitive plural).

So, when used in different cases, they are declined as cardinal and ordinal numbers respectively.

For example,

2/3 + 1/6 = 5/6: К двум третьим прибавить одну шестую будет пять шестых.

 

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