Gender of Nouns / Род существительных

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  too). Neuter gender nouns have endings or  -е.

  • домa 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 .

Род имен существительных. Как определить.