Chapter 9. Syntax

Tore Nesset



In this chapter you will learn about the structure of sentences in Old Rusian. We will focus on case usage (sections 9.1–9.6), important syntactic constructions (sections 9.7–9.9), as well as agreement, clitics and complex sentences (sections 9.10–9.12). As you read along, you will gain a better understanding of Modern Russian too. You will see that modern adverbs such as домой ‘homewards’, сегодня ‘today’ and вчера ‘yesterday’ are relicts of Old Rusian syntactic constructions. Among the curious facts explained in this chapter is also why ‑ся is always attached to the end of the verb in Modern Russian.


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9.9 Dative absolute


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