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To take up/occupy, borrow in Russian 🇷🇺

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to take up/occupy, borrow занять
How to say “to take up/occupy, borrow” in Russian? “Занять”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “занять” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on to take up/occupy, borrow in Russian like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

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Tips to remember the Russian word "занять":
1. Associate "занять" (zan-yat') with "to occupy" or "to engage" something. Picture someone engaging in an activity or occupying a space.
2. Think of "занятие" (za-nya-tie), which means "occupation" or "lesson". This helps connect the root word to its meaning.

– "Занять" means to take up or occupy, like taking a seat, borrowing money, or occupying time.
– It derives from the verb "занимать" (za-ni-mat'), which means the same but in an imperfective aspect, implying an ongoing action.

Other words that mean the same thing:
– взять (vzyat') – to take
– одолжить (odo-lzhit') – to lend, to borrow
– арендовать (aren-do-vat') – to rent, to lease


*Infinitive*: занять (za-nyat')

– я занял (ya za-nyal) [male], я заняла (ya za-ny-la) [female]
– ты занял (ty za-nyal), ты заняла (ty za-ny-la)
– он занял (on za-nyal), она заняла (ona za-ny-la), оно заняло (ono za-ny-lo)
– мы заняли (my za-ny-li)
– вы заняли (vy za-ny-li)
– они заняли (oni za-ny-li)

– Not used in present, as "занять" is perfective. Use "занимать" for present tense.

– я займу (ya za-y-mu)
– ты займёшь (ty zai-myosh')
– он/она/оно займёт (on/ona/ono zai-myot)
– мы займём (my zai-myom)
– вы займёте (vy zai-myote)
– они займут (oni zai-mut)

Examples of sentences:

1. Я занял это место. (Ya za-nyal eta mesto.) – I occupied this place.
2. Ты заняла много времени. (Ty za-ny-la mno-go vre-me-ni.) – You took a lot of time.
3. Он занял деньги у банка. (On za-nyal den-gi u ban-ka.) – He borrowed money from the bank.
4. Они займут все места в зале. (Oni zai-mut vse mesta v za-le.) – They will occupy all the seats in the hall.
5. Мы займёмся этим завтра. (My zai-myom-sya e-tim zav-tra.) – We will take this up tomorrow.

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