There are two types of nouns – animated (people) and inanimate (things). The gender of animated nouns is always obvious, “man” is a masculine noun (he), and “woman” is a feminine noun (she). In the English language all inanimate nouns are neuter gender (it). In Russian they can be masculine, feminine or neuter.
- masculine (he)
- feminine (she)
- neuter (it)
It is easy to identify the gender of a noun. Everything you have to do is to look at the ending of the word.
If the noun ends in a consonant (or -ь), that means it is a masculine gender noun. Feminine nouns end in -а, -я (sometimes in the -ь too). Neuter gender nouns have endings -о or -е.
- дом – a house (he)
- машина – a car (she)
- метро – metro (it)
There are very few exceptions. Nouns “имя” (name) and “время” (time) are neuter gender nouns even though they end with the feminine ending -я.