Ukrainian cases. Lesson 1

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Lesson 1: Знахідний відмінок. Accusative.

Part 1 – The accusative case of inanimate nouns

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In this lesson we will meet and will try to get more familiar with accusative case through the dialogues, examples and grammar rules.

Introduction to Ukrainian cases

Introduction to the accusative case

When is the accusative case used?

Generally, we use the accusative case…

  • to express the direct object =>

  • after some prepositions to show the place “someone goes to” =>
Я бачу мою книгу. I see my book.
Ми йдемо у кіно. We are going to the cinema.

What will we learn in this lesson?

We are going to learn the accusative case of different inanimate nouns (that is, names of non-living objects). We will also learn the accusative of pronouns.

Ukrainian vocabulary

Ukrainian vocabulary

Read, listen and repeat the basic vocabulary of this lesson.

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називний відмінок

nominative (Nom.)

знахідний відмінок

accusative (Ac.)


more / anymore
















tasty / yummy

красивий / гарний

nice / beautiful

до речі

by the way



Ukrainian dialogues

Dialogues in Ukrainian

Read, listen and pay attention to the cases used

Extra help: highlighted cases + tables

We have highlighted the words in accusative. You can also look up these grammar tables while you read the dialogues.

These tables will open in a new window.

Ukrainian grammar

Ukrainian grammar

Read the following grammar summary. We will learn the cases from this lesson.

The Accusative Case: Inanimate nouns

In this lesson’s dialogues we have seen examples of Nominative (Nom.) and Accusative (Acc.) Case in inanimate nouns (that is, names of non-living objects).

These are the most important points to remember about these two Cases:

Inanimate nouns in singular:
Accusative masculine = Nominative masculine
Accusative neuter = Nominative neuter
Feminine: its endings are unique
to the Accusative
We have highlighted the endings in the tables for each gender.
Inanimate nouns in plural:

Accusative = Nominative

(for all three genders)
We have highlighted the endings in the tables for each gender.

Masculine: no endings because Nom. = Acc.

  • Це мій стіл (Nom.). Я бачу мій стіл (Acc.) This is my table. I see my table

Masculine: no endings because Nom. = Acc.

  • Це мої столи (Nom.). Я бачу мії столи (Acc.) These are my tables. I see my tables

Feminine: -у -ю

  • Це моя книга (Nom.). Я бачу мою книгу (Acc.) This is my book. I see my book

Feminine: no endings because Nom. = Acc.

  • Це мої книги (Nom.). Я бачу мої книги (Acc.) These are my books. I see my books

Neuter: no endings because Nom. = Acc.

  • Це моє вікно (Nom.). Я бачу моє вікно (Acc.) This is my window. I see my window

Neuter: no endings because Nom. = Acc.

  • Це мої вікна (Nom.). Я бачу мої вікна (Acc.) These are my windows. I see my windows
Ukrainian test


Check if you know this lesson:

1. Which word is in the accusative case?

2. What is the accusative form of “пиво”?

3. How do you say “I see books” in Ukrainian?
я бачу кни
я бачу книгу
я бачу книги

4. Tell the case of the highlighted word: Я бачу вікна.
acc. plural
acc. singular
nom. plural

5. What is the accusative of “моя лампа”?
моя лампа
мою лампу
мой ламп

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