051 – The Dative case (masculine singular nouns)

Learning how to form the Dative case we are starting from the masculine singular nouns. There are a few simple rules to put a masculine noun into 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
+ у
-й +ю
-ь +ю
дом – до́му
край – кра́ю
конь – коню́
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4 comments on “051 – The Dative case (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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