067 – The Past tense of Russian verbs

Today’s lesson we dedicate to the grammar of Russian verbs. It’s time to learn how to form the Past tense of Russian verbs.

Likely, forming Russian Past tense is pretty easy. You need to take the Infinitive (initial) form of the verb you need to replace the ending ть with one of the following endings depending on gender and number of the subject:

Masculine – replace with л
Feminine – replace with ла
Neutral – replace with ло
Plural – replace with ли

Let’s try doing it on some examples:

учи́тьto learn

я, ты, он учи́л
я, ты, она́ учи́ла
оно́ учи́ло
мы, вы, они́ учи́ли

житьto live

я, ты, он жил
я, ты, она́ жила́
оно́ жи́ло
мы, вы, они́ жи́ли

смотретьto look

я, ты, он смотре́л
я, ты, она́ смотре́ла
оно́ смотре́ло
мы, вы, они́ смотре́ли

Now you can practice by yourself. Take some Russian verbs and try to put them in the Past tense.

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