Apparently признавать conjugates the same like the verb with perfective aspect признать.

Thus present and future conjugates

признаю, -ешь, -ет  
признаем, -ете, -ют  
  • Is that right?
  • What kind of verb is it?
  • How to distinguish present and future then?
  • and does it affect the future with a form of быть (e. g. буду + признать / признавать)?
  • Have a look at the answer to this question russian.stackexchange.com/questions/2805/…. It answers your question completely
    – cha
    May 18, 2014 at 23:51
  • @cha yea, but it seems встану is future and встаю is present. But признаю is future and present in one form, is it?
    – user3538
    May 18, 2014 at 23:58
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    It is not. Future has the stress on "а", present on "ю". Though they are indeed written the same.
    – Shady_arc
    May 19, 2014 at 0:01
  • @shady_arc okay. did not look carefully. thanks.
    – user3538
    May 19, 2014 at 0:26

2 Answers 2


This ia an imperfective/perfective pair of verbs, признавать is imperfective, признать is perfective. The forms of the two verbs are written the same way, but they are distinguished with the stress which is usually not marked in writing, although sometimes it can be marked to get rid of ambiguity.

Признавáть (imp.) has the stress on the suffix, just like the infinitive, these forms have the meaning of the Present tense:

признаю́, признаёшь, признаёт
признаём, признаёте, признаю́т

Признáть (perf.) has the stress on the root, just like the infinitive, these forms have the meaning of the Future tense:

признáю, признáешь, признáет
признáем, признáете, признáют

Only признавать can have the Future tense formed with "быть": буду признавать (will acknowledge).

  • я признаю
  • ты признаёшь
  • она признаёт
  • мы признаём
  • вы признаёте
  • они признают

It is an end-stressed verb, unlike stem-stressed "признать". Imperfective aspect. They don't have one single form where they sound the same. Better check gramota.ru next time. At least, they always have Ё when needed.

To answer your last question, "compound" future with "быть" only ever uses imperfective verbs. So use "признавать".

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