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mattibadin
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Собаки

Postby mattibadin » Feb 26th, 17, 22:25

Hello everyone, newbie here.
I read that the nominative plural of feminine nouns ending with -а is formed putting -ы.
If it's true, why is the plural form of собака "собаки" and not "собакы"? Is this word an exception?

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josephinewilson
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Re: Собаки

Postby josephinewilson » Mar 19th, 17, 02:15

I think it is because of the "seven letter rule" in Russian:

After consonants г, к, х, ж, ш, щ, ч do not write the letter ы. Whenever an [ы] or [и] sound
follows one of these letters, it is spelled и.


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