There are some nouns that take the ending (locative) instead of (prepositional) after the prepositions в, на, like год, лес, сад.

Question: Is there any such noun which does not end on a consonant?

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    The short answer is: No. Have a look at this related question, the discussion there will explain much to you: russian.stackexchange.com/questions/1630
    – Yellow Sky
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 23:29
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    But there are some that end on a soft sigh- хмель во хмелю. And soft sign and hard sign were vowels in older Russian.
    – VCH250
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 0:19
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    @VCH250 - So what? In "older Russian" absolutely all the words ended in a vowel. Besides, what you call "older Russian" wasn't actually Russian, because ъ and ь stopped to be pronounced as vowels in the 12th - 13th centuries, and the Russian language didn't exist back then. The language which was spoken then is properly called Old East Slavic. This question is not about the history of Russian, it's about the present-day state of things.
    – Yellow Sky
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 16:32
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    @Yellow Sky wow dude, calm down—lol. разслабся, чувак
    – VCH250
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 20:21
  • Honestly! Chill out, babe, it's not the end of the world.
    – CocoPop
    Commented Aug 11, 2017 at 14:54

2 Answers 2


In plural, в слезАх - о слЁзах, в соплЯх - о сОплях, в слюнЯх - о слЮнях, в яслЯх - о Яслях, на снастЯх - о снАстях, в страстЯх - о стрАстях also fixed form на сносЯх.

  • на сносях - I wonder if it can be qualified as locative....
    – Arioch
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 9:23
  1. Some nouns ending in , take the ending (technically speaking, the yodded ) when indicating location:

e.g. край, brink

на краю, at the brink

Note: There are different phonemic theories built around Russian; some of them consider the sound "й", or / j /, the jod, to be a semivowel. See p.76 here.

  1. According to this source, in contemporary Russian...

"the locative case has largely lost its use as an independent case and became the prepositional case, which is used only after a preposition. The latter is not always used to indicate location, while other cases may also be used to specify location (e.g. the genitive case <...>)."

There are more examples there.

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    -1. В селе and в деле are not in the locative case, and they don't end in -y. They are in the prepositional case, and it is the locative case ending in -y that the OP asked about. Also, й is not a vowel, so your answer is absolutely irrelevant.
    – Yellow Sky
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 16:22
  • Thanks for bringing my attention to в селе and в деле, @Yellow Sky. I've now removed that point from my answer.
    – H. Zeta
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 20:55
  • -1, й is a consonant.
    – Anixx
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 7:47

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