У меня не было денег

Discussion in 'Русский (Russian)' started by Jervoltage, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Jervoltage Senior Member

    Persian
    Hi,

    У меня не было денег (= I had no money.)

    Please, why isn't the verb быть in the plural, i.e. были? Doesn't it refer to деньги (which is in the genitive plural in the sentence above)?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Miralasa Junior Member

    Russian
    It is an impersonal construction here, akin to there were no money (about me). Such impersonal clauses use 3rd person singular.
     
  3. Jervoltage Senior Member

    Persian
    Thank you very much.
     

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