Lesson 040

The Genitive case with masculine plural nouns


A few lessons back we have learned how to form the Genitive case with singular nouns. Today we begin covering the Genitive case with plural nouns and, as usual, we start with the masculine nouns.

As in the previous lessons, in order to create in your mind a certain pattern, we’ll use the structure ‘there is … – there is no …’ in today’s examples.

For masculine nouns ending in …

ж, ч, ш, щ -> add ей
ь -> replace with ей
й -> replace with ев/ёв
ц -> add ев if not stressed, ов if stressed
… any other consonant -> add ов

есть дом – нет домо́в (house)
есть за́яц – нет за́йцев (hare)
есть нож – нет ноже́й (knife)
есть край – нет краёв (edge)
есть конь – нет коне́й (horse)
есть коне́ц – нет концо́в (end) *

* – Temporarily not in the audio

Russian Pod 101

Genitive memo chart (plural)

ending or description how to change examples
ж, ч, ш, щ +ей нож – ноже́й
ь -ь / +ей конь – коне́й
й -й / +ев (ёв) край – краёв
ц +ев (unstressed) заяц – за́йцев
ц +ов (unstressed) коне́ц – концо́в
other consonant +ов дом – домо́в

We will continue to learn Russian in the next lesson. For now, practice the examples with the audio recording.

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