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Russian Case Versus Russian Case

When would I use the dative case vesrus the genitive case and the nominative versus the instrumental case?

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For learning: Russian
Base language: English
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    Dative is the one that can answer the question "to whom"
    To whom did you give the money?
    To Ivan - Ивану

    Genitive is the one that say that something belongs to someone. This one pretty much exists in english as well. If you would use "'s", at the end of noun in English or "of" noun, it's most likely you'd use genitive in russian as well
    Ivan's car - Car of Ivan
    Машина Ивана

    You use nominative when you need answer to question "who" or "what"
    Who is it?
    It's Ivan
    Это Иван.

    Instrumental you use, when you are using something, or doing something with someone.
    I speak with Ivan.
    Я говорю с Иваном

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