Lesson 035

Possessive pronouns in the Accusative case

In this lesson we will learn the possessive pronouns in the Accusative case.

For masculine and plural nouns: the possessive pronoun repeats the behavior of the subject – if the subject changes, the possessive pronoun changes as well, if the subject doesn’t change, neither does the possessive pronoun.

For neuter nouns: the possessive pronoun doesn’t change its form (keeps the form of the Nominative case).

For feminine nouns: the possessive pronoun changes according to what is written below.

To avoid repetitions, we only included in the audio the pronouns in the Accusative case.

Changing pronouns

Nominative Accusative (inanim. / anim.) Translation
My / mine
мой мой / моего́ masculine objects
моя́ мою́ feminine objects
моё моё neuter objects
мои́ мои́ / мои́х plural objects
Your (informal)
твой твой / твоего́ masculine objects
твоя́ твою́ feminine objects
твоё твоё neuter objects
твои́ твои́ / твои́х plural objects
Our
наш наш / на́шего masculine objects
на́ша на́шу feminine objects
на́ше на́ше neuter objects
на́ши на́ши / на́ших plural objects
Your (formal or plural)
ваш ваш / ва́шего masculine objects
ва́ша ва́шу feminine objects
ва́ше ва́ше neuter objects
ва́ши ва́ши / ва́ших plural objects

Not changing pronouns

pronoun Translation
его́ his
её her / hers
его́ its
их their / theirs
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Examples

Now let’s have a look at some examples and practice (the nouns and pronouns in the Accusative case are highlighted):

Ты зна́ешь моего́ бра́та?
Do you know my brother?
(the animate noun, the pronoun changes)

Ты ви́дел мой но́вый велосипе́д?
Have you seen my new cycle?
(the inanimate masculine noun, the noun and pronoun don’t change)

Кто взял мою́ кру́жку?
Who took my mug?
(feminine noun: the pronoun changes according the rules)

Кто взял мои́ нау́шники?
Who took my headphones?
(the inanimate plural noun, the noun and pronoun don’t change)

Ты не ви́дел мою́ сестру́?
Have you seen my sister?
(feminine noun: the pronoun changes according the rules)

Ты не ви́дел мои́х сестёр?
Have you seen my sisters?
(the animate plural noun: the pronoun changes according the rules)

Я не ви́дел ва́шего отца́.
I didn’t see your father.
(the animate noun, the pronoun changes)

Он не смотре́л в их сто́рону.
He wasn’t looking in their direction.
(the inanimate feminine noun, the pronoun changes)

Practice today’s examples with the audio track.

The offline version of this lesson is available here

2 comments on “035 – Possessive pronouns in the Accusative case”

  1. Jes Venters says:

    I am on the Possessive pronouns in the Accusative case page. At the top before the exercises, it says Fem pronouns change according to what is written below. When I get below, it just keeps saying it didn’t change because of the rules. Please help!

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hello Jes,

      The rules in the beginning of the page simply summarize the content of the tables. It’s done for those who prefer to learn patterns. But it can be confusing indeed.

      It might be easier to just the memorize the content of the tables. In the tables, you can see the initial form of a pronoun, its form in the Accusative case and the gender of the nouns/pronons to which it applies.

      For example, take the pronoun моя (feminine):

      – моя мама (Nominative)
      – мою маму (Accusative)

      If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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