Немно́го о языке́ 5.3 Име́йл Кейтлин


The verb “to want” in Russian is хоте́ть, and it is one of four completely irregular verbs.  The forms for the present tense are below.

я хочу́ мы хоти́м
ты хо́чешь вы хоти́те
он/она́ хо́чет они́ хотя́т

This verb is irregular, because the endings on this verb in the singular belong to the...
            а. first conjugation            б. second conjugation

...while the endings of the plural forms belong to the...  
            а. first conjugation            б. second conjugation

The mixture of conjugation types in this verb make it one of the Russian’s four “irregular” or completely unpredictable verbs.  The past tense of the verb is formed regularly: он хоте́л / она́ хоте́ла / они́́ хоте́ли.

The complement for the verb хоте́ть can be either a direct object in the accusative or an infinitive.

Adjectives as Nouns

Столо́вая нахо́дится на пе́рвом этаже́. The cafeteria is located on the first floor.
Ва́нная в их кварти́ре не о́чень больша́я. The bathroom in their apartment is not very large.

Sometimes, the word for an object or concept in Russian is expressed not by a noun, but by an adjective.
For example, in the sentences above the words: столо́вая (cafeteria/dining room) and ва́нная (bathroom) have endings that are typical for... 
            а. a feminine noun            б. a feminine adjective

Another word that works like this is контро́льная (quiz, test).   It is feminine because it agrees with the unexpressed noun рабо́та.

When we use words like столо́вая and ва́нная in contexts that call for specific cases (direct object, with preposition в for location, etc.), these words will have endings like feminine adjectives.

            Мы говори́ли о ва́нной.

            В э́той кварти́ре нет столо́вой.

Упражне́ние 1

Pick the form of the word that best completes the sentence.  Think about the case forms that you will need.