Questions tagged [verb-aspects]

Questions dealing with intricacies of grammatical aspects of verbs both in fashioning and in usage.

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Do “целить” and “нацеливать” mean the same thing?

They both seems to mean “to aim”, but dictionaries seem to indicate that it’s: наце́лить – наце́ливать which constitute an aspectual pair, and not це́лить – наце́лить as I have previously thought....
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Verbs of motion with prefix “у-” and “при-”

I am currently learning how to use verbs of motion with the prefixes у- and при- to express that someone departs from or arrives at a certain location. However, I struggle with the following sentence ...
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Aspectual pairs with one reflexive

Normally a reflexivity of a verb stays the same regardless of aspect (not talking about semantic derivation). But I have learned three exceptions to this rule already: станови́ться – стать (but: ...
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Intepretation of the imperfective participle “переводивший”

In the sentence: Cтуденты, переводившие эту статью, говорят, что она очень трудная. ¿Is the meaning one of a perfect action of the type "Students, having translated this article,..." or is it more ...
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(по)вредить with accusative and/or dative

According to my dictionary (Kenneth Katzner, link), see attached pic, I think I should use the dative case after this verb. BTW, the повредить entry basically directed me to the вредить entry. ...
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What's the appropriate verb for the following context? (найти Vs. находить)

I just want to say "I need to find it", or "The main thins is that you will find it" (for example, the key, the document, etc.). Now I am not sure which verb is more appropriate to the context that I ...
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What is the difference between the forms of verbs?

Very often in russian verbs have two forms, some examples are: делать/сделать встречаться/встретиться My russian friends keep telling it is important to differentiate both but cannot explain to me ...
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Off-aspect conjugations

It has been confusing me the fact that a few verbs have participles which, according to textbooks, normally don't match a particular verb aspect (perfective or imperfective). For example, гореть (imp....
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Imperative with imperfective verbs

Is it rude to use imperative with imperfective verbs? Like, suppose you are a customs officer asking someone to open their case, you could probably (I'm just guessing at this point) say either: ...
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Perfective of таскать

Before asking my question, let me tell what I know about verbs of motion so far: -For each verb of motion in English (ex.: to go) there are multiple verbs in Russian; -Each nuance of motion verbs in ...