Reflexive and Nonreflexive Russian Verbs

July 9, 2019 | Tags: Russian verbs

Did you know that some Russian verbs can be reflexive in imperfective aspect and nonreflexive in perfective aspect? These verbs are становиться-стать (to become), садиться-сесть (to sit down), ложиться-лечь (to lie down), трескаться-треснуть (to crack), лопаться-лопнуть (to burst).

For example,

Я ложусь спать поздно. I go to bed late.

Стакан треснул. The glass cracked.

Проходите, садитесь! Come in, have a seat!