Russian Verbs Used with Perfective Infinitives

July 10, 2018 | Tags: Russian verb aspects Russian verbs

Did you know that there are some Russian verbs, followed only by perfective infinitives? For example, these four verbs are used only with perfective infinitives:

  • суметь, to be able, to manage
  • забыть, forget
  • удаться, to succeed
  • успеть: to do something in time
  • получиться (у меня получилось…): to succeed, to manage

Я забыл выключить свет. I forgot to switch off the light.

Он сумел сдать экзамен: He managed to pass the exam.

Мне удалось поступить в университет: I managed to enter the university.

Мы не успели купить книги. We didn’t have the time to buy the books.

У меня не получилось сдать работу вовремя. I didn’t manage to hand the work in in time.


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