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  • Slovak numerals

    As was mentioned in the lesson about numbers in the course for beginners, there are groups we divide numbers into. In Slovak language there are 5 of them. We indicate gender, grammatical number and we do the declension using 6 cases according to the models. Let's have a look at all of them!

    Classification of numerals

    First of all, the numerals have the form of nouns (sto), adjectives (prvý) or adverbs (dvojako). Here is the classification:

    1. cardinal

    • tri (three), päť (five)...
    • veľa (a lot), málo (a few)...

    2. ordinal

    • druhý (second), štvrtý (fourth)...
    • posledný (the last one), ostatný (the one that is left from many options)...

    3. collective

    • dvoje (two of..), jedni (one of..)...
    • viacerí (many of..), viacero (many of...)...

    4. generic

    • jednako (in one way), štvorako (in 4 ways)...
    • mnohorako (in many ways)...

    5. multiple

    • dvakrát (two times), veľakrát (many times)...
    • jeden raz (one time), veľa ráz (many times)...
    • štvornásobný (quadruple), mnohonásobne (many times)..

    These numerals could be

    1. certain (when we know exactly how many, they contain number)
      • for example: jeden (one), jeden raz (one time), dvoje (two of..)
    2. uncertain (we don't know how many, they express the quantity only approximately)
      • for example: málo (a few),veľa ráz (many times), viacerí (many of)

    Gender of numerals

    The gender of the numerals depends on the word standing behind them. For example:

    • štyri stoličky (4 chairs) - stolička is feminine gender, therefore, štyri has also feminine gender
    • štyria chlapci (4 boys) - chlapec is masculine gender, therefore štyria has also masculine ggender

    Singular or plural of numerals

    This depends also on the grammatical number of the nouns standing behind the numerals. For example:

    • prvý chlapec (the first boy) - chlapec is in singular, therefore prvý is also singular
    • prví chlapci (the first boys) - chlapci is in plural, therefore prví is also plural

    Declension of numerals

    1. numerals that are in a form of nouns are declined according to the models of the noun​​
    2. numerals that are in a form of adjectives are declined according to the models of the adjectives

    However, there are numerals, that have their own declension.

    Declension of number 1

    Case masculine  feminine neutral
    N jeden jedn-a jedn-o
    G jedn-ého jedn-ej jedn-ého
    D jedn-ému jedn-ej jedn-ému
    A jedn-ého jedn-u jedn-o
    L jedn-om jedn-ej jedn-om
    I jedn-ým jedn-ou jedn-ým

    and plural form

    Case masculine living feminine, neutral and masculine non-living
    N jedn-i jedn-y
    G jedn-ých jedn-ých
    D jedn-ým jedn-ým
    A jedn-ých jedn-y
    L jedn-ých jedn-ých
    I jedn-ými jedn-ými

    Number 1 (jeden) is the model of itself!

    Declension of 2,3,4

    Dva, tri, štyri are declined in the same way.


    Case masculine living masculine non-living feminine and neutral
    N dvaja dva dve
    G dvoch dvoch dvoch
    D dvom dvom dvom
    A dvoch dva dve
    L dvoch dvoch dvoch
    I dvoma, dvomi dvoma, dvomi dvoma, dvomi


    Case masculine living others
    N traja tri
    G troch troch
    D trom trom
    A troch tri
    L troch troch
    I troma, tromi troma, tromi


    Case masculine living others
    N štyria štyri
    G štyroch štyroch
    D štyrom štyrom
    A štyroch štyri
    L štyroch štyroch
    I štyroma, štyrmi štyroma, štyrmi

    Model päť

    Number from 5-99 are declined according to this model.

    Case masculine living others
    N piati päť
    G piatich piatich
    D piatim piatim
    A piatich päť
    L piatich piatich
    I piatimi piatimi


    Other models for numerals

    As was mentioned before, we use some noun models or adjective models as well.

    • STO is declined according to mesto if stands alone. In connection with a noun, it is indeclinable.
    • TISÍC is declined according to stroj if stands alone. In connection with a noun, it is indeclinable.
    • MILIÓN is declined according to dub if stands alone. In connection with a noun it is indeclinable.
    • MILIARDA is declined according to žena if stands alone. In connecton with a noun it is indeclinable.

    Collective numerals are indeclinable.

    Ordinal, generic and multiple numerals are declined according to adjective models pekný and cudzí, depending on endings.

    Almost all of them are declined according to pekný, as almost all of them end with -ý and hard or bilabial consonant before -ý.

    But "tretí" and "tisíci" are declined according to cudzí.


    Congratulations! You made it through this lesoon. Let´s practice with our exercises!


    Exercise about the declension of jeden

    Exercise about the numerals tri and päť

    Drag the text exercise on the Slovak numerals