Russian Verbs Used with Perfective Infinitives

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.

 

Additional Russian practice:

Perfective and Imperfective Verb Aspects
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