In the nominative case it works like this..
Мой - masculine noun Моя - feminine noun Моё - neuter noun Мои - plural noun
Thanks, I wish Duolingo would have an info icon where you tap on it and are provided with an explanation on usage
I think мой is pronounced like "moy" while мои is pronounced more like "mo-ee".
Starting to see how Ukrainian and Russian are similar яблуко (Ukr.) and яблоко (Rus.). I try not to confuse them although I hear that both languages are mixed in a certain dialect in Ukraine. That's also why I'm learning both on Duo because nearly all Ukrainian speaking people can speak Russian too. I've also heard that Polish is even closer to Ukrainian than Russian.
Are there any patterns to know if a word is masculine, feminine or neuter?
As a suggestion (I know this is still a beta), I'd put a lesson to teach genres before introducing possessives; at least I'd find it helpful!
Here is a good pattern http://www.russianlessons.net/grammar/nouns_gender.php :)
I can add only that if a word ends with "шь", "щь", "жь" or "чь" it is feminine. And if it ends with "ш", "щ", "ж", "ч" it is masculine :)
And also there are a few neutral words (время, имя, пламя... ) ending with "я".
There is no such correlation. Яблоко (neuter), груша pear (feminine), огурец cucumber (masculine), морковь carrot (feminine), хлеб bread (masculine), масло butter (neuter), молоко milk (neuter), вода water (feminine), чай tea (masculine), кофе coffee (masculine), соль salt (feminine), перец pepper (masculine), мясо meat (neuter), курица chicken (feminine), колбаса sausage (feminine), etc.
However, you can find that the nouns with -о ending are neuter in general.