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Questions tagged [tense]

Questions regarding the usage and formation of verbal tense (future, present or past).

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Russian equivalents of “I could've sworn …”

Я не ослышалась? Клянусь, я только что слышала, как она поблагодарила меня. I just heard this (sarcastically said) in conversation. In English, you'd express the same idea with the conditional tense: ...
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Why does давай(те) take different forms - давай + inf. or давай + future?

давай(те) пить чай / let's have some tea давай(те) сыграем / let's play I'm confused; they both mean 'let's', but why does one take an infinitive and the other a future form?
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'Надо было бы' - present or past conditional?

Что бы ты выбрал, если тебе надо было бы писать видео про это каждый день? If I understand correctly, 'Что бы ты выбрал' can mean both 'what would you choose' in present conditional and 'what would ...
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«Мне захотелось пить» - do I want to have a drink now? Or I wanted to have a drink in the past?

In "мне захотелось пить" - should I think that past tense «захотелось» means «A desire to drink has come to me, and as a result there's an ongoing state where I want to have a drink now»?
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In what context is the imperfective future tense “будет возвращаться” used?

память вернулась к ним [his their memory (has) returned (at last)] память возвращалась к ним [his their memory was coming back (gradually)] память возвращаемся к ним [his their memory is coming back (...
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Is “Заходи, покажешь X” {Imperative + Future} an equivalent of “come and show me X” {Imperative + Imperative} in English?

1) Заходи как-нибудь, покажешь фотки! {Imperative + Future} I'm assuming this phrase means "come and show me the photos sometime". In English, both "come" and "show" are in Imperative, while in ...
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Why do you say <Я пошёл> when should be present tense

The expression <я пошёл к себе> is in the past tense but it means "I'm off home" which is the present tense. Why is this?
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“Быть” with tenses, gender, number but in affirmative sentences

A homework question, exactly quoted, В этот период у нас было много неожиданных трудностей. but in reviewing my previous question, When to use 'не было' and 'не будет' regardless of ...
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Verb быть in past tense sentence inversions: был, была or было?

I know that Russian is a very strong language in terms of word ordering. I like it pretty much. Yet, I came across that the verb быть changes in past tense sentence inversions. For example: (1) ...
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When to use 'не было' and 'не будет' regardless of person, gender, or number

It seems that the two 2-word phrases are only used in negative possession, e.g. У меня не было плохого настроения. У меня нет плохого настроения. У меня не будет плохого настроения. Is this ...
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Stress on Particles and Past Tense

I am never quite sure when to stress particles such as не. Also, I am confused about people saying that the a in the past tense feminine is stressed, and whether or not this is always the case. I am ...
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The present tense in Russian storytelling

I've noticed twice now that in situations where someone is reporting past events, they suddenly switch to the present tense for no apparent reason. The first example is from this fairy tale. The ...
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Future in the Past

How is the "future in the past" rendered in Russian? Example: Context: A particular event was not planned for a certain evening, so I made other plans. At the last minute, however, the event wound ...
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Expressing knowledge gained over time

The title of this question is ambiguous as I couldn't think of anything better. What I'm trying to articulate is the thought of 'I didn't know at the time but do now'. Can this be expressed by saying '...
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Understanding the future tense

When we're speaking of the future in English, we usually say will ... or am going to .... In French, the same is accomplished using Futur Simple for will, and aller for going to. In Russian, however, ...
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past tense without л

The phrase я ошибся is past tense but doesn't include an л near the end. Are there any other examples of this phenomenon? I asked some native speakers and they couldn't think of any. One of them ...
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Is there a future tense in Russian?

There is widespread consent among grammarians of Germanic languages that there is no future tense in those languages. The idea of futurity is either conveyed periphrastically (often with modal or ...
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Swearing: “пошёл на …” vs. “иди на …”

Has anyone ever thought why in swearing people use not only the imperative "иди", but also (and even more frequently) the form "пошёл"?
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What's the first person singular future of победить

What is the first person singular of победить in future tense? The other person-numbers have obvious forms such as: ты победишь, мы победим, они победят, вы победите, он победит, я ??? The obvious ...
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How do I know when to use -тся or -ться in a verb

The title pretty much says it all. It's a very common mistake which (unfortunately) even many native speakers make. Is there a rule to unambiguously decide should I end this verb with -тся or -ться?