Discussion in 'Русский (Russian)' started by Apa2001, May 7, 2013.
Is there a singular form for Именины or is it only in the plural?
Actually it is not in plural form. This word consists of two parts "имя" (name) and "ины" (suffix meaning "festival, celebration").
Source:Этимологический словарь русского языка. Крылов Г. А. (2005)
Thanks, is there a singular form?
As I said it's not plural, it is actually singular.
It is Pluralia Tantum (like ножницы, очки, весы, etc.).
Therefore no singular form.
Are you sure? What do you think about my first post. With that in mind it doesn't look like Pluralia Tantum.
The number of a noun is defined by the grammatical forms which the noun requires from the verbs and adjectives that the noun governs. "Именины" always takes the plural number of verbs ("именины праздновались где-то") and the plural number of adjectives ("долгожданные именины"). Etymology has nothing to do with that.
Thanks, live and learn
Yes, I'm sure. And why you are not?
Separate names with a comma.