russian verbs


The Russian verb system is quite different from the English one.

To start with, there are only 3 tenses in the Russian language:

  • Present Tense
  • Past Tense
  • Future tense.

An important distinction of Russian verbs is that almost every verb has 2 aspects:

  • Imperfective - verbs that talk about actions that are in progress, being repeated, or describe general truths
  • Perfective - verbs that talk about actions that have been or will be completed

Russian verbs conjugations are also quite complex and there are a lot of verbs that don't follow the general rules.

It is a good idea to start learning Russian verbs by getting familiar with the Infinitive form first. This is the form in which Russian verbs are presented in dictionaries. Most verbs in Russian in the Infinitive form end in -ТЬ.


Want to learn more about Russian verbs?

Check out these lessons:

Russian Verb Aspects
Russian Verb Conjugations
Russian Verb Tenses

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