Lesson 019

The Genitive case with singular nouns


In the previous lesson we introduced you to the Genitive case. Next two lessons are dedicated to forming the Genitive case. Today we are covering the Genitive with the singular nouns.

So let’s look at how Russian nouns change in the Genitive case…

Masculine nouns

For masculine nouns ending in …

… a consonant -> add a
й -> replace with я
ь -> replace with я

дом – до́ма (house)
за́яц – за́йца (hare)
нож – ножа́ (knife)
край – кра́я (edge)
конь – коня́ (horse)

Feminine nouns

For feminine nouns ending in …

а -> replace with ы, but
ка, жа, ша, ча, ща, га, ха -> replace а with и
я -> replace with и
ь -> replace with и

луна́ – луны́ (moon)
грани́ца – грани́цы (boundary)
рука́ – руки́ (hand)
неде́ля – неде́ли (week)
ста́нция – ста́нции (station)
дверь – две́ри (door)

Russian Pod 101

Neuter nouns

For neuter nouns ending in …

о -> replace with а
е -> replace with я, but
це, же, ше, ще -> replace е with а

лицо́ – лица́ (face)
окно́ – окна́ (window)
де́рево – де́рева (tree)
зда́ние – зда́ния (building)
со́лнце – со́лнца (sun)
жили́ще – жили́ща (dwelling)
варе́нье – варе́нья (jam)

Russian Pod 101

Disappearing letters

Do you remember the words with disappearing vowels that we discussed in the lesson about the plural in Russian? These words behave the same in the Genitive and other cases:

день – дня (day)
пода́рок – пода́рка (present / gift)


There is a certain number of Russian words that don’t exactly follow the rules we discussed above. These are the words-exceptions, and you need to memorize them as you see them. For example:

путь – пути́ (way)
вре́мя – вре́мени (time)
и́мя – и́мени (name)

Genitive case singular nouns memo chart

ending or description how to change examples
a consonant + а дом - до́мa
й -й / +я край – кра́я
ь -ь / +я конь – коня́
а -а / +ы луна́ – луны́
ка, га, ха, жа, ша, ща, ча -а / +и рука́ – руки́, ко́жа – ко́жи
я -я / +и ста́нция – ста́нции
ь -ь / +и дверь – две́ри
о -о / +а лицо́ – лица́
е -е / +я варе́нье – варе́нья
це, же, ше, ще -е / +а жили́ще – жили́ща

Practice today’s examples with the audio track. We continue to learn Russian in the next lesson. See you there!

The offline version of this lesson is available here


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