Imperatives are used to express commands, requests, instructions, and advice. When using imperatives in Russian, like with all other verbs in the Russian language, you must use the correct verbal aspect – as an imperfective or perfective verb. Thankfully, the rules for verbal aspect remain quite consistent whether it’s a regular verb, an infinitive, or an imperative.
Today, we’ll look at the rules for when to use the imperfective aspect in imperatives and when to use the perfective. For some extra practice to make sure you’ve understood the topic, check out the quiz and the additional resources at the bottom!
Last updated: 5/23/2022
So, let’s get started with some general rules and examples!
Check out the websites and videos below for some extra resources to help you understand Russian verbal aspect!
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