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the meaning of word "восьмилетнему"

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i want the meaning of this word "восьмилетнему".i want to be  analised in idea to be understood its shape.

asked Apr 25, 2014 by userofrussia (340 points)

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Hi Userofrussia,

Восьмилетнему is the Dative case, masculine, singular of the adjective "восьмилетний" which means "who is 8 years old".  The adjective has two parts: "восьми", which is the numeral "восемь" in the Genitive case (because the meaning is "of 8 years") and "летний", which comes from the noun "год-лет".

For example,

Он подарил телефон своему восьмилетнему сыну.
He gave a phone to his 8-year old son.

Yulia Amlinskaya,
Russian Language Teacher.
answered Apr 25, 2014 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)