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
ц -> add ев/ёв
… 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)

Genitive memo chart (plural) (you can find all the declansion rules in the Russian declension chart):

gender ending Genitive examples
masculine ж, ч, ш, щ
other consonant
-ь +ей
-й +ев/ёв
нож – ноже́й
конь – коне́й
край – краёв
заяц – з́айцев
дом – домо́в

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