Russian Grammar – The Plural of Nouns

Russian Grammar – The Plural of Nouns

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This lesson is about the plural form of Russian nouns.

In the plural masculine and feminine nouns take the ending –ы or –и, and neuter nouns the ending –а or –я. See the chart below:

Russian Grammar Chart 1. The Plural of Russian Nouns





Masculine студент студенты –ы
Feminine сестра сестры –ы
Masculine музей – словарь – нож музеи – словари – ножи –и
Feminine студентка – аудитория – песня – тетрадь студентки – аудитории – песни – тетради –и
Neuter окно – поле –здание окна – поля – здания –а or –я


1)      Some nouns are invariably used in singular: вода, молоко, масло, дружба, etc.

2)      Some nouns are invariably used in plural: часы, деньги, etc.

3)      The singular and the plural of some nouns are conveyed by different words: ребенок – дети, человек – люди.

4)      Masculine nouns in –ец nad –ок drop the vowel –e- or –о- in the plural: отец – отцы, потолок – потолки.

Special Cases of the Formation of the Plural Nouns

  1. Masculine nouns taking the ending –а –я in the plural (note – this endings are always stressed):

Город – города

Дом – дома

Номер – номера

Глаз – глаза

Учитель – учителя

  1. Masculine and neuter nouns taking the ending –ья in the plural:

Сын – сыновья

Брат – братья

Друг – друзья

Стул – стулья

Дерево – деревья

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