Lesson 053

The Dative case with neuter singular nouns

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In two previous lessons we learned how to form the Dative case with masculine and feminine singular nouns. Today we’ll have a look at the neuter nouns.

In order to form the Dative case with neuter singular nouns follow these rules:

For neuter nouns ending in …
о -> replace with у
е -> replace with ю, but
це, же, ше, ще -> replace е with у

ли́цо – ли́цу (face)
окно – окну́ (window)
де́рево – де́реву (tree)
зда́ние – зда́нию (building)
со́лнце – со́лнцу (sun)
жилище́ – жили́щу (dwelling)
варе́нье – варе́нью (jam)

Russian Pod 101

Practice today’s examples with the audio track:

Dative memo chart (you can find all the declension rules in the Russian declension chart):

ending or description how to change examples
a consonant дом - до́му
й -й / +ю край - кра́ю
ь -ь / +ю конь - коню́
а -а / +е луна́ – луне́
я -я / +е неде́ля – неде́ле
ия -я / +и ста́нция – ста́нции
ь -ь / +и дверь – двери́
о -о / +у лицо́ – лицу́
е -е / +ю варе́нье – варе́нью
це, же, ше, ще -е / +у жили́ще – жили́щу

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