051 – The Dative case with masculine singular nouns

In the previous lesson we learned about the Dative case in Russian and when it is used. Today we will learn to form the Dative case with masculine singular nouns.

There are a few simple rules to put a masculine noun into the Dative:

For masculine nouns ending in …

… a consonant -> add у
й -> replace with ю
ь -> replace with ю

дом – до́му (house)
за́яц – за́йцу (hare)
нож – ножу́ (knife)
край – кра́ю (edge)
конь – коню́ (horse)

Bear in mind that some exceptions are possible.

Practice today’s examples with the audio track.

Here is a simple table for you to help (you can find all the declension rules in the Russian declension chart):

gender ending Dative examples
masculine consonant
й
ь
+ у
-й +ю
-ь +ю
дом – до́му
край – кра́ю
конь – коню́
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4 comments on “051 – The Dative case with masculine singular nouns”

  1. Deepika says:

    I did Russian almost 30 years ago. this helped me to refresh my mind. i can read it again. thanks

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      You’re welcome. )

  2. Micahel Agyeman says:

    Great site. Thank you

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Thanks for your comment.
      Good luck.

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