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nummod: numeric modifier

A numeric modifier of a noun is a numeral or quantifier that serves to modify the meaning of the noun with a quantity. The noun is always the head and the numeral (or quantifier) is always attached as its modifier. Nevertheless, three different relation labels are used to mark situations where the numeral (or quantifier) a) agrees in case with the noun: nummod; b) governs the morphological case of the noun: nummod:gov; c) does not change the morphological form of the noun: nummod:entity.

Сидеть на двух стульях . \n To-sit on two chairs .
nummod(стульях, двух)
nummod(chairs, two)
Два стула сломаны . \n Two chairs broke .
nummod:gov(стула, Два)
nummod:gov(chairs, Two)
Дом два , подъезд четыре . \n Building two , entrance four .
nummod:entity(Дом, два)
nummod:entity(Building, two)
nummod:entity(подъезд, четыре)
nummod:entity(entrance, four)

Agreement and government with Russian quantifiers

The morphological and syntactic behavior of Russian numerals is complicated, and depends on the type of numeral, it’s case, animacy, and sometimes some other factors.

The cardinal numeral один “one” agrees with the noun in case, number, and gender. It behaves in the same way as ordinal numerals and adjectives.

The paucal cardinal numerals два “two”, три “three”, четыре “four”, оба “both”, пол “half”, and полтора “one and a half” agree with the noun in grammatical case in most cases (nummod). In the Nominative and Accusative inanimate case, however, they govern the Genitive singular form of the noun (nummod:gov). The Accusative animate is similar to the Genitive (nummod). Два “two”, оба “both”, and полтора “one and a half” also agree in gender with the noun in all grammatical cases. Examples:

In the examples above, the dependencies of the numeral один “one” and the numeral три “three” (in the Instrumental case) are labeled as nummod:

Одно чудовище спало , два чудовища играли в карты с тремя привидениями . \n One monster slept , two monsters played cards with three ghosts .
nummod(чудовище, Одно)
nummod(monster, One)
nummod(привидениями, тремя)
nummod(ghosts, three)
nummod:gov(чудовища, два)
nummod:gov(monsters, two)

The cardinal numerals of larger quantity (five and more, e.g. пять “five”, шесть “six”, сто “one hundred”) as well as quantifiers (e.g. много “how many, how much”, сколько “how many, how much”, столько “so many, so much”, несколько “a few”) agree with the noun in grammatical case in most cases exactly as other cardinal numerals (nummod). In the Nominative and Accusative inanimate case, however, they govern the Genitive plural form of the noun (nummod:gov). The following table shows the case of the whole phrase (numeral + noun; first column) and the consequences for the case of the parts (note that these numerals have only three distinct morphological forms, resulting in homonymy).

Phrase CaseExample (paucal)Example (larger quantity)Numeral CaseNoun Case
Nomдве женщиныпять женщинNomGen
Genдвух женщинпяти женщинGenGen
Datдвум женщинампяти женщинамDatDat
Accдвух женщин/две вазыпять женщин/пять вазAccAcc(anim)/Gen(inan)
Insдвумя женщинамипятью женщинамиInsIns
Locдвух женщинахпяти женщинахLocLoc

We can say that the noun has the case of the whole phrase if it is in the Dative, Instrumental, or Locative case. The numeral then agrees with the noun in case. The numeral forces the noun to the Genitive case if the whole phrase is in the Nominative and Accusative case. (NB In the Vocative case, the phrase would behave like in the Nominative case, but the Vocative usage is rather hypothetical). In Genitive, the noun and the numeral agree with each other; but note that the numeral uses its inflected form, as in the other cases where it agrees with the noun.

Pronominal quantifiers behave as high-value numerals and govern the quantifed nouns:


Три мужчины играли в карты . \n Three men played cards .
nummod:gov(мужчины, Три)
nsubj(играли, мужчины)
dobj(играли, карты)
case(карты, в)
punct(играли, .-6)
nummod:gov(men, Three)
nsubj(played, men)
dobj(played, cards)
punct(played, .-12)
Пять мужчин играло в карты . \n Five men played cards .
nummod:gov(мужчин, Пять)
nsubj(играло, мужчин)
dobj(играло, карты)
case(карты, в)
punct(играло, .-6)
nummod:gov(men, Five)
nsubj(played, men)
dobj(played, cards)
punct(played, .-12)
Сколько мужчин играло в карты ? \n How-many men played cards ?
det:numgov(мужчин, Сколько)
nsubj(играло, мужчин)
dobj(играло, карты)
case(карты, в)
punct(играло, ?-6)
det:numgov(men, How-many)
nsubj(played, men)
dobj(played, cards)
punct(played, ?-12)
Играл я в карты с пятью мужчинами . \n Played I cards with five men .
nsubj(Играл, я)
dobj(Играл, карты)
case(карты, в)
iobj(Играл, мужчинами)
case(мужчинами, с)
nummod(мужчинами, пятью)
punct(Играл, .-8)
nsubj(Played, I)
dobj(Played, cards)
iobj(Played, men)
case(men, with)
nummod(men, five)
punct(Played, .-16)
Не помню , со сколькими мужчинами я играл в карты . \n Not I-remember , with how-many men I played cards .
neg(помню, Не)
ccomp(помню, играл)
punct(играл, ,-3)
nsubj(играл, я)
dobj(играл, карты)
case(карты, в)
iobj(играл, мужчинами)
case(мужчинами, со)
det:nummod(мужчинами, сколькими)
punct(помню, .-11)
neg(I-remember, Not)
ccomp(I-remember, played)
punct(played, ,-15)
nsubj(played, I)
dobj(played, cards)
iobj(played, men)
case(men, with)
det:nummod(men, how-many)
punct(I-remember, .-22)

Additional remarks

Миллион “million” and миллиард “billion” are tagged as a NOUN. In the typical case, such words take the Genitive, it is preceded by a smaller number, and it is not followed by smaller numerals (as it is in million five hundred thousand). It is followed by the counted noun and gets the following analysis:

50 миллионов крон \n 50 millions of-crowns
nummod:gov(миллионов, 50-1)
nummod:gov(millions, 50-5)
nmod(миллионов, крон)
nmod(millions, of-crowns)

On the other hand the word тысяча “thousand” may be a noun (на площади были тысячи людей “there were thousands of people in the square”) or a numeral:

максимум 50 тысяч крон \n at-most 50 thousand crowns
advmod(крон, максимум)
nummod:gov(крон, тысяч)
compound(тысяч, 50-2)
advmod(crowns, at-most)
nummod:gov(crowns, thousand)
compound(thousand, 50-7)

Note that the two numeral words in the above example are joined using the compound relation. Also note that the intensifier максимум is attached to the head of the phrase (крон) and not to the number.

Similarly there may be other nodes (such as punctuation) that are attached to the head of the phrase and they are related to the whole phrase rather than directly to the head noun:

( 9 дней ) \n ( 9 days )
punct(дней, (-1)
nummod:gov(дней, 9-2)
punct(дней, )-4)
punct(days, (-6)
nummod:gov(days, 9-7)
punct(days, )-9)
5 минут с установкой \n 5 minutes including adjustment
nummod:gov(минут, 5-1)
nmod(минут, установкой)
case(установкой, с)
nummod:gov(minutes, 5-6)
nmod(minutes, adjustment)
case(adjustment, including)


Директор предложил расформировать персонал к 31 . 12 . \n Director proposed to-disband the-staff towards 31 st December .
advmod(расформировать, 12)
case(12, к)
punct(12, .-9)
nummod(12, 31-6)
punct(31-6, .-7)
advmod(to-disband, December)
case(December, towards)
punct(December, .-19)
nummod(December, 31-16)
punct(31-16, st)

Numbered objects

House number in address is attached as nummod to the name of the street:

в доме на Тверской 12 \n in the-building in Tverskaya 12
nmod(доме, Тверской-4)
case(Тверской-4, на-3)
nummod(Тверской-4, 12-5)
nmod(the-building, Tverskaya)
case(Tverskaya, in)
nummod(Tverskaya, 12-11)

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