Lesson 033

The Genitive case with feminine singular nouns

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Today we continue learning how to form the Genitive case in Russian. Our focus in this lesson is feminine singular 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 – двери́ (door)

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

ending or description how to change examples
masculine
a consonant + а дом - до́мa
й -й / +я край – кра́я
ь -ь / +я конь – коня́
feminine
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

Practice all today’s examples with the audio track. We continue to learn Russian and the Russian Genitive case in the next lesson, see you there!

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2 comments on “033 – The Genitive case with feminine singular nouns”

  1. José Antonio says:

    Shouldn’t all nouns ending in -га and -ха be declined with -и? For example, книга ➜ книги, рубаха ➜ рубахи, and so on.
    That is, I thought all nouns ending in a velar (apart from ш, ж, щ, ч) should form the singular genitive with -и.

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hi José,

      You are right, we are missing Г and Х in the description. Thank you for noticing.

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