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Why do some verbs lack certain forms in Russian?

Why can't Russian make certain forms for some verbs? Because these forms were perceived as defective (for various reasons) by some Russian speakers, and hence shunned. This process is self-...
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Why "вести" but "веду"

It's not irregular but all you can do is just to memoize such cases. While the ст -> т happens in some verbs like "плести"/ "плету", "цвести"/"цвету", "мести"/"мету" for instance, a change to д is ...
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Is there a rule behind first conjugation verbs ending in -ить?

The ending -ить does not tell you much about how a verb is conjugated. As you've seen, verbs ending in -ить can be conjugated differently. Let me throw in: люби́ть - люблю́ жить - живу́ Note that ...
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What is the 12th Russian exception verb?

I'm not aware about a verb any native speaker would think of immediately. Пиздеть is not one of them. These exceptions have -е-/-а- in their infinitive endings and unstressed -и- in personal forms. ...
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Why is the verb сниться governed by the object?

In Russian, when we have the reflexive suffix ся, which means, in general, that the action is directed towards the speaker, it's like an inverstion of the subject and the object. Example: мыть - to ...
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Why "вести" but "веду"

This is because of the rule already in Proto-Indo-European: if a word had a root ending in -d- or -dh- and a suffix starting with -t-, then an -s- sound would be inserted in between. For instance, ...
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Why is the verb сниться governed by the object?

Unfortunately, sometimes, subjects and objects may get swapped in translation, just like in the phrases "у меня есть X"/"I have X", or "мне нужен X"/"I need X". ...
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What is the 12th Russian exception verb?

Everyone who learned in Russian school tried to memorize this list of irregular verbs by means of a verse like this, where the actual order can vary to some extent (but usually any version starts with ...
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"Хотелось" or "хочу"

Мне хочется is for wishes you can't control: Мне хочется спать. = I need a nap. Хочется съесть чего-нибудь. = I want/need to eat something. Что делать, когда хочется сладкого? = What to do when you'...
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Спряжения - обижать/обидеть

Видеть isn't strictly speaking an exception as it's not alone. Besides брить another genuine exception from the 2nd conjugation verbs is стелить. Some infinitive forms of perfective and imperfective ...
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Can it be said that the verbs in -ить are more localized in space and time than in -еть?

According to the "Правила русской орфографии и пунктуации. Полный академический справочник" (под редакцией Лопатина): Глаголы на −еть – непереходные 1-го спряжения – имеют значение ‘стать каким ...
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"Хотелось" or "хочу"

"хотелось" - means "I wanted it, but not so much to take any serious actions to achieve it (or had no way to achieve it)". And yes, you're right: it near "хотелось бы", but in the past tense. "хотел" ...
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The perfective verb опереться (to lean on) has the strangest conjugation in the future and imperative, what is the etymological reason for it?

That topic is still controversial among academicians and other scientists. There exist three similar prefixes in Russian: о-, об-, обо-. It's difficult to give a rule for these, and the only ...
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Epenthetic л: why there is no л in the conjugation of the verb звать between the в and the ё in зовёшь, зовёт, зовём and зовёте?

Why does the epenthetic л not apply in front of the sound /ja/, but does appear in front of any other sound starting with /j/. What is the phonological, orthographical or historical reason for the ...
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Epenthetic л: why there is no л in the conjugation of the verb звать between the в and the ё in зовёшь, зовёт, зовём and зовёте?

I will answer your question rather not as a professional, but as a narrow man (or dilettante). Because there are no words in russian language like любю. In the same time, there is a word like любя. ...
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Complete rules for the epenthetic л in verb conjugations

What are the complete and exact rules that govern the epenthetic л in verb conjugations It's inserted between a bilabial consonant (b, p, m, f, v) and j (except before а): люблю, куплю, кормлю, ...
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