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Neuter nouns. Forming the plural

A neuter noun refers in general to a thing or an inanimate object. The neuter nouns are masculine in the singular and feminine in the plural. A native speaker of Romanian knows that an inanimate word takes in the singular the masculine numeral "un" and in the plural the feminine numeral "două".

Examples: untelefondouă telefoane (one phone – two phones), un scaundouă scaune (one chair – two chairs), un pixdouă pixuri (one pen – two pens).

 

The plural endings for a neuter noun can be: -e,-uri,-i.

These endings can be added to the final letter of the neuter noun (bilete,dansuri) or it can replace the last vowel of the noun in the singular (lucrulucruri, fluviufluvii, teatru - teatre).

Phoneticmutations in the stem are rarer than masculine and feminine nouns.

 

Play: neuter nouns plural

Singular Plural

[consonant] -e

bilet (engl. ticket), bilete

autobuz (engl. bus), autobuze

 -u  -e

muzeu (engl. museum), muzee

teatru (engl. theater), teatre

 -u   -uri

râu (engl. river), râuri

titlu (engl. title), titluri

 -(i)u   -(i)i

fluviu (engl. river), fluvii

fotoliu (engl. armchair), fotolii

 -i  -e

tramvai (engl. tramway), tramvaie

pai (engl. straw), paie

[consonant]   -uri

corp (engl. body), corpuri

dans (engl. dance), dansuri

 -i  -uri

taxi (engl. taxi), taxiuri

Exceptions

nume (engl. name), nume

prenume (engl. first name), prenume

 

Mona Pologea, PhD. Linguist

Managing Director ROLANG School