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Verbs of Motion in Russian

Verbs of motion play an important role in the Russian language, as well as they do in other languages. This group of words is necessary if you would like to describe where you have gone, are going now, or will be going. We have selected a great deal of examples which might be helpful when learning Russian.

Verbs of motion and examples of how to use them

  • Ходить/Идти [ho-dyit’/id-tea] to go on foot

Я часто хожу в кино.
[Ya chas-to ho-zhu v kino] I often go to the cinema

  • Ездить/Ехать [yez-dyit’/ye-hat’] to go by transport (a car, train, bus)

Он ездит на работу на машине.
[On yez-dyit na ra-bo-tu na ma-shin-ye] He goes to work by car.

  • Бегать/бежать [be-gat’/ bezhat’] to run

Я должен бежать.
[Ya dol-zhen be-zhat’] I must run.

  • Бродить/Брести [bro-dyit’/bre-styi] to stroll

Он бродил по пляжу.
[On bro-dyil po plya-zhu] He strolled along the beach.

  • Лазить/Лезть [la-zyit’/lye-zt’] to climb

Дети любят лазить по деревьям.
[De-tyi lyu-byat la-zyit’ po de-rev-yam] Children love climbing trees.

  • Летать/Лететь [lye-tat’/lye-tet’] to fly

Как летит время!
[Kas lye-tyit vrye-mya] How time flies!

  • Плавать/Плыть [pla-vat’/plyit’] to swim, to sail

Он совсем не умеет плавать.
[On sov-syem nye u-me-yet pla-vat’] He cannot swim a stroke.

  • Ползать/Ползти [pol-zat’/pol-ztyi] to crawl

Ребенок ползал по полу.
[Re-byo-nok po-lzhal po polu] The baby was crawling on the floor.

  • Возить/Везти [vo-zyit’/ve-ztyi] to transport, to carry (by vehicle)

Этот мотоцикл вез меня.
[Etot moto-tsikl vez me-nya] This motorcycle has carried me.

  • Носить/Нести [no-syit’/ne-styi] – to carry, to wear

Я никогда не ношу галстук.
[Ya nye-kog-da nye no-shu gal-stuk] I never wear a tie.

  • Водить/Вести [vo-dyit’/ve-styi] to lead, to accompany, to drive (a car)

Мой отец водит такси.
[Moy ot-yets vo-dyit taksi] My father drives a taxi.

Verbs of motion in Russian can be used with prefixes:

  • в -in (входить/войти – to go in, to enter)
  • вы -out (выходить/выйти – to go out, to leave, to exit)
  • до – as far as, reach (доходить/дойти – to get to, to get as far as, to reach)
  • за– drop in, stop by (заходить/зайти – to drop in, to stop by)
  • об – around (обходить/обойти – to walk around, to bypass)
  • от– away (отходить/отойти – to walk away)
  • пере – across (переходить/перейти – to go across, to turn)
  • под– approach (подходить/подойти – to approach)
  • при– arrival (приходить/прийти – to arrive, to come)
  • про– through, pass (проходить/пройти – to go by, to go past)
  • с – down from (сходить/сойти – to go down, decend)
  • у– from (уходить/уйти – to go from, to leave, depart)

Verbs of motion is a rather complicated topic of the Russian grammar. We hope some of the examples in the article will help you to understand this topic better. Follow us at www.learnrussainineu.com and read other useful articles.

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