Would anybody be so kind and could explain me the difference between зарекомендовывать / рекомендовать?

I ask a couple of dictionaries but they stated always the same to recommend, this might be clear for the one without the prefix but not for one with the prefix right?


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Зарекомендовывать is just an imperfective form of зарекомендовать. But the verb зарекомендовать is in 99% cases used in expression зарекомендовать себя = prove oneself. So from this follows that imperfective зарекомендовывать is almost never used in speech.

That's a normal situation when using prefixes: almost any combination is legal, but only some are really useful. I have no idea where you've found "зарекомендовывать", but it's not of much use for your spoken practice. So just forget it.

  • Found it here, Task 1 at the third sentence. learnrussian.rt.com/lessons/short-form-of-adjectives And I'm not sure if I really should forget it. Mhh... Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 19:56
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    @SilvingsQuantu As I said, "зарекомендовать себя" is used often. And you definitely should remember this expression "as is". But "зарекомендовывать" is almost completely useless.
    – Matt
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 20:07

Рекомендовать — to recommend.

Зарекомендовывать — imperfect form of Зарекомендовать:

Зарекомендовать себя с лучшей стороны — Proved itself with the best hand
Зарекомендовать себя с худшей стороны — To establish itself with the worst hand
Прослыть(зарекомендовать себя) азартным игроком — Pass gambler
Прослыть(зарекомендовать себя) обманщиком — Branded liar
Зарекомендовать себя ~ заслужить/заработать мнение о себе — Deserve opinion of himself; Make an opinion about himself.
Этот телефон зарекомендовал себя как очень надёжный — This phone has proved to be very reliable.

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