Genders in the Croatian language
How do you know that Croatian tables are masculine?

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How do you know that Croatian tables are masculine? It sounds like the start of a joke! 🙂  Learning the genders of nouns in the Croatian language (unlike some other parts of Croatian grammar) is quite simple, like a joke! There are three masculine, feminine and neuter. Every single noun, animate or inanimate, has its gender. A table (stol) is masculine, an apple (jabuka) is feminine, and a tree (stablo) is neuter. If you are wondering how the heck we know the gender of a table or an apple, here’s the secret: you can tell from the word ending.

Genders in the Croatian language

The general rules are:

Nouns that end in a consonant are masculine. For example:
muškarac – man
brat – brother
stol – table
Nouns that end in -a are feminine. For example:
žena – woman
sestra – sister
kuća – house
Nouns that end in either -o or -e are neuter. For example:
vino – wine
more – sea
sunce – sun

As for any rule in the Croatian language, there are exceptions, but most nouns fit the rule.

The case that identifies the gender of a is the nominative case, the basic (that’s the form that you would find in a dictionary). We’ll write more about that topic in a separate blog post. If you want us to send you an email with those grammar posts and other Croatian grammar posts, you can leave your email address here.

Are there some other types of words in the Croatian language, besides nouns, that have a gender? 

Yes. , and some numbers also have genders. When you combine nouns with pronouns, adjectives and numbers in a sentence, they need to match in gender and in case. The noun is the “boss”, so adjectives, pronouns and numbers follow its form. If you are a complete beginner in learning Croatian you can leave dealing with this part for a bit later on.

For example:

Ovaj muškarac je dobar. – This man is good.
ovaj – this (pronoun, masculine)
muškarac – man (noun, masculine)
dobar – good (adjective, masculine)
Ova žena je dobra. – This woman is good.
ova – this (pronoun, feminine)
žena – woman (noun, feminine)
dobra – good (adjective, feminine)
Ovo vino je dobro. – This wine is good.
ovo – this (pronoun, neuter)
vino – vine (noun, neuter)
dobro – good (adjective, neuter)

What happens with the articles in the Croatian language?

The answer to this question is very simple: nothing. There are no articles in the Croatian language. Žena can mean a woman or the woman, depending on the context.

Exercise:

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