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When are "ого, его" pronounced as "ово, ево" and why?

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In "Что нового?", why is it pronounced "novava" and not "novaga"? I have been looking all over to find an explanation, but nothing I see says г can sometimes be pronounced as в.

asked Jan 13, 2013 by Nikolas (270 points)

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It is pronounced this way in neuter and masculine single adjectives (and pronouns that replace adjectives) in Genitive.

Also there are words of corresponding genesis: сего, сегодня, сегодняшний, итого, ничего, чего.

AFAIK it has historical reasons: pronunciation changed with time, but spelling did not.
answered Jan 13, 2013 by it-ogo (18,220 points)
selected Jan 13, 2013 by Alex
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In the genitive singular number of adjectives and pronouns male and neuter gender in the end is written before the vowels letter Г (although pronounced В)eg: доброго, синего, его, того, всего, моего

answered Jan 13, 2013 by Sauron (140 points)