Third declension nouns cannot be identified in the nominative case because: –
[a] They have various forms and spelling
[b] They can be masculine, feminine or neuter
Therefore, they have to be learnt off by heart. However they can be recognized by the genitive singular which always ends in ‘-is’. Their nominative singular ending does not reveal their gender. To decline third declension nouns,
[a] It is important to note the genitive singular which ends in ‘-is’.
[b] Then remove the ‘-is’ to find the stem.
[c] Add the endings as shown in the table below.
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