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спокойной ночи - why is there a и at the and?

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When you say good night in Russian, why is there a и at the end of the word 'night'?

спокойной ночи

asked Jan 13, 2013 by Virgili (150 points)

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Желаю [чего?] - Спокойной ночи!
Родительный падеж - Genitive form.
We often say Спокойной ночи without желаю because it's a set expression (устойчивое выражение).


answered Jan 13, 2013 by Alex (13,670 points)
selected Jan 13, 2013 by Virgili
The full phrase is "Желаю тебе спокойной ночи" (I wish you good night) but the first words are implied and not pronounced. A similar phrase is "Приятных снов" (Wish you sweet dreams)
Might be you are right but I've never heard "Желаю тебе спокойной ночи". And "Желаю спокойной ночи" isn't very popular too))
Yes, the full phrase is never used. I gave it only as an example to explain the grammar behind it.
Since correctness seems important to you, Larusja, you might want to replace 'too' with 'either' in your sentence:

                  And "Желаю спокойной ночи" isn't very popular too))