Questions tagged [verb-aspects]

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

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Future simple and future perfect in Russian

I'm trying to understand Russian future verb tenses and aspects. I'm aware Russian has three tenses, the present, the past and the future. And I'm aware the imperfective verb indicates non complete ...
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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 ...