Chapter 8. Morphology: Verbs

Tore Nesset

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7557/8.3498

Abstract

Numerous exceptions and idiosyncrasies make the verb a major challenge in Modern Russian. Why are present tense forms inflected for first, second and third person, while past tense forms are inflected for masculine, feminine and neuter gender? Where do all the consonant alternations in verbs come from? Why is the particle бы used to form subjunctive constructions? You will find answers to these and many other questions in this chapter, which explores all the verb forms in Old Rusian, and explains how the modern verb system has developed.

 

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8.3 Aorist and imperfect


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