The dative case of personal pronouns

To refresh your memory, the dative case is the indirect object of the sentence. It is often used with personal pronouns in the construction:

Russian: [personal pronoun in the dative] + НАДО/НУЖНО + [infinitive].
English: [personal pronoun] + HAVE TO + [verb].

Russian:Мне надо идти.
English: I have to go. (literally: To me it’s requred to go.)

As you can see in the example, the pronoun МНЕ occurs in the dative case. The dative case of personal prounouns must be memorized.

Я (I)
Мы (we)
Ты (you, singular)
Вы (you, plural and polite)
Он (he)
Она (she)
Они (they)

Мне (to me)
Нам (to us)
Тебе (to you)
Вам (to you)
Ему (to him)
Её (to her)
Им (to them)

Quick quiz

Put the personal pronouns into the dative case.
Example: (я) надо идти домой. – Мне надо идти домой

  • (вы) надо сесть на автобус №2.
  • (ты) надо позвонить.
  • (она) надо пересесть.
  • (я) надо купить сигареты.
  • (он) нужно ехать домой.
  • (они) надо пересесть на автобус.
  • (вы) надо купить билет.
  • (ты) нужно повернуть налево.


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