Russian verb to be

Russian ns, prons, adjs & nums decline in gender: m, f, n; number: s, p & case: n, g, d, a, i, p. Adv, conj, interj, prep stay the same. Verbs: 3 ten, 2 asp; asp pairs are formed: via pref, suf & lex. Beware of verbs of position and motion!

Russians generally omit the verb быть (to be) in the present tense: She is nice in Russian is Она симпатичная, with no word for is. A long hyphen or dash is used to equate two nouns together: They are students is Они – студенты.

Быть is not the only verb 'to be' in the Russian language. In some cases it may be replaced by the imperfective verbs быва́ть ('to exist' or 'to spend some time somewhere') and явля́ться (mainly used in the present tense).


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