The prepositions v and na – Fourth Sklon

One of the use of the Fourth Sklon – Accusative as I’ve explained before is with the prepositions v and na, which are prepositions used with movement and direction verbs such as iti (to go) or teči (to run).

The biggest problem is to discern when to use v and when to use na.

The preposition v can be translated as “in” – it’s usually used with:

  • zgradba – structure “that has walls” such as šola (school), trgovina (shop), knjižnica (library)…
  • mesto – town and city such as Piran, Ljubljana, Novo Mesto
  • država – most of countries such as Kanada, Slovenija…
    There are a few exceptions: gledališče (theater), park, živalski vrt (zoo), opera, služba (work), gore (mountains)…

The preposition na can be translated as “on” – it’s usually used with:

  • zunaj – outside structure “without walls” such as tržnica (marketplace), balkon
  • aktivnost – activity such as piknik, zabavo (party), ekskurzija (excursion)…
  • šport – sport such as tenis, tek (jogging), smučanje (skiing)…
  • hrana, pijača – food and drinks such as malica (snack), kava (coffee), pijača (drink), kosilo (lunch)…
  • formalna institucija – official building such as banka (bank), ambasada (embassy), sodišče (court)…
  • otok – island such as Bled, Havaji…
  • city and country that ends with -ska, -ška such as Japonska (Japan), Madžarska (Hungary)…
  • location that ends with -išče such as letališče (airport), igrišče (playground)…
    There are a few exceptions: postelja (bed), bazen (pool), morje (sea), Triglav, Dunaj (Vienna)…

There are more exceptions, but knowing those mentioned above will surely impress more than one ; ) !

Learning the prepositions properly is very important as they are indicators of sklon – meaning, if you known which preposition is usually or always used with which sklon, then you will know which sklon to use.

For those who are more “advanced” in their studies, the preposition v and na are also used with the Fifth Sklon – Locative, the rules of when to use which are exactly the same.

If you have any questions, please contact me and I will try my best to answer you!

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Fourth Sklon – Accusative

Slovene is a very specific language, its grammar is categorized into 6 grammatical cases – skloni. Knowing when and how to use the skloni is very important when learning Slovene.

Before learning the fourth sklon, you should be very familiar with the First Sklon – Nominative.

As you already known from my previous post, Slovene word is masculine, feminine or neutral and it has a singular, dual and plural form – each form can be used with 6 grammatical cases, giving a total of 18 versions of one simple word 🙂 but don’t panic, one step at the time.

Fourth Sklon – Accusative

The fourth sklon is also known as tožilnik or akuzativ in Slovene and it is the “Accusative” case. The tožilnik sklon is one of the most commonly used form of the nouns.

If you known the table for the Sklon 1, learning the Sklon 4 will be very easy. Pay attention to the text in blue.

Here’s the table for the Sklon 1, Nominative (this is/ these are…)

(E) To je star_ telefon_
_ pes
nova torba veliko letalo
vroče morje
(D) To sta stara telefona novi torbi veliki letali
(M) To so stari telefoni nove torbe velika letala

And here’s the table for Sklon 4, Accusative (I have…)

(E) Imam star_ telefon_
starega psa
novo torbo veliko letalo
vroče morje
(D) Imam stara telefona novi torbi veliki letali
(M) Imam stare telefone nove torbe velika letala
Reminder:  (E) ednina/singular, (D) dvojina/dual, (M) množina/plural and (m) moški/masculine, (ž) ženski/feminine, (s) srednji/neutral.

As you can see, most of the endings in the Accusative case are the same as the Nominative case – only three endings are different.

❤ A simplified version of the ending:

 SKLON 1 (m) (ž) (s)
(E -Ø -Ø
A –A -O/E* -O/E
(D -A -A -I -I -I -I
(M I –I -E -E -A -A


 SKLON 4 (m) (ž) (s)
(E -Ø -Ø
OO -O/E* -O/E
(D -A -A -I -I -I -I
(M EE -E -E -A -A
Reminder: is the famous bracket (c, č, š, ž j) where the o changes into e.

If we compare the endings in the two cases:

  • the singular masculine form for thing such as telefon (a telephone) remains the same BUT when we refer to a singular masculine form that is alive (with a heart ❤ ) such as pes (a dog), the ending is –ega and –a,

    ∴ singular masculine that has a beating ❤ :  –Ø Ø → –EGA A
  • the plural masculine form: II → EE and
  • the singular feminine form: A→ –OO.

To je kava1(this is coffee) → Pijem kavo4(I drink coffee).

When to use the fourth sklon

  1. the noun is directly affected by the verb
    For example, I have (what? who?) a telephone/ dog Imam (kaj? koga?) telefon4 / psa4.

    ∴ nouns in fourth sklon is used with most of verbs such as jesti (to eat), imeti (to have), kupiti (to buy), kuhati (to cook), brati (to read)…
  2. the double verbs phrase imeti + rad_ […]→ I would like to have […]
    For example, I would like to have a coffee → Rad_ imam kavo4.
  3. there is movement or direction with the preposition: v  and na.
    For example, I go (where?) to schoolGrem (kam?) v šolo4. I go (where?) on a trip Grem (kam?) na izlet4.

    For more information: The prepositions v and na – Fourth Sklon.
    ∴ verbs that have a direction to a place such as hoditi (to walk), voziti (to drive), iti (to go), priti (to come), teči (to run)
  4. following specific preposition
    • za (for) | i.e. I have a (what?) gift for (who?) Anna → Imam (kaj?) darilo4 za (koga?) Anno4. (Yes, skloni apply to names as well!),
    • skozi(through), čez (across) and
    • the “cubic directions” for direction: pred (in front), za (behind), nad (above), pod (below) and med (in between).

There are more, but if you know how and when to use the Nominative and Accusative cases, even in a basic way, you are off for a great start!

During my Slovene classes, one of my favorite and personal trick was to put the number of the corresponding sklon in  superscript  next to every noun – doing so helped me identify and pinpoint which sklon was used and why. After awhile, it became an “automate” respond from my brain, which made learning Slovene much easier! If you decide to use my trick, I hope it helps you as much as it helped me!

The Accusative case can be very difficult at first, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate and contact me – I’m here to help you.

Update – here is my Cheat sheet “Table of Skloni “. More can be found under Learning Materials.

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