079 – The Accusative case (masculine singular nouns)

Let’s learn how to form the Accusative case with masculine singular nouns.

The Russian Accusative case is the only case whose use depends on whether the noun is animate (people or animals) or not.

– inanimate nouns – no change
– animate nouns ending in a consonant – add а
– animate nouns ending in й – replace й with я
– animate nouns ending with ь – replace ь with я

If it seems too complicated to you, you can just remember that:
– inanimate nouns – the same as the Nominative
– animate nouns – the same as the Genitive

дом – дом
за́яц – за́йца
конь – коня́
злоде́й – злоде́я (villain, miscreant, malefactor)

Accusative Memo Chart (singular) (you can find all the declension rules in the Russian declension chart):

gender ending Accusative examples
masculine inanimate
animate, a consonant
animate, й
animate, ь

no change

-й +я
-ь +я
дом – дом
за́яц – за́йца
злоде́й – злоде́я
конь – коня́

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