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To wait/postpone in Russian 🇷🇺

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to wait/postpone подождать
How to say “to wait/postpone” in Russian? “Подождать”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “подождать” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on to wait/postpone in Russian like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

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Tips to Remember the Russian Word 'подождать':

Break Down the Word: The word can be divided into 'под' (pod) which means 'under,' and 'ождать' (zhdat') which means 'to wait.' Imagine you are 'under' (pod) the tension of having 'to wait' (zhdat').
Sound Similarity: The first syllable 'под' (pod) sounds like ‘pod’ in 'podcast,' something you might listen to while waiting. The second part 'ождать' sounds similar to 'wait’ in the sense of anticipating.


Prefix: The prefix 'под' in 'подождать' often implies that something is being done 'a little bit' or 'for a short period.'
Root: 'ожд' comes from the root word 'ждать' which means 'to wait.'

Other Words with Similar Meanings:

Ждать (zhdat’) – to wait
Ожидать (ozhidat’) – to expect, to wait for
Придержать (priderzhat') – to hold off, to postpone


1. Infinitive: подождать (podozhdat’)

2. Past Tense:
– Я подождал / Я подождала (ya podozhdal / ya podozhdala) – I waited (masculine/feminine)
– Ты подождал / Ты подождала (ty podozhdal / ty podozhdala) – You waited (masculine/feminine)
– Он подождал / Она подождала / Оно подождало (on podozhdal / ona podozhdala / ono podozhdalo) – He waited / She waited / It waited
– Мы подождали (my podozhdali) – We waited
– Вы подождали (vy podozhdali) – You (plural/formal) waited
– Они подождали (oni podozhdali) – They waited

3. Present Tense:
– There is no present tense form for 'подождать' as it is a perfective verb. You would use the imperfective form 'ждать' for present actions.

4. Future Tense:
– Я подожду (ya podozhdu) – I will wait
– Ты подождёшь (ty podozhdёsh’) – You will wait
– Он/Она/Оно подождёт (on/ona/ono podozhdёt) – He/She/It will wait
– Мы подождём (my podozhdёm) – We will wait
– Вы подождёте (vy podozhdёte) – You (plural/formal) will wait
– Они подождут (oni podozhdut) – They will wait

Examples of Sentences:

1. Infinitive:
– Нам нужно подождать десять минут. (Nam nuzhno podozhdat' desyat' minut.) – We need to wait for ten minutes.

2. Past Tense:
– Я подождала его целый час. (Ya podozhdala ego tsely chas.) – I waited for him for a whole hour.
– Они подождали до вечера. (Oni podozhdali do vechera.) – They waited until the evening.

3. Future Tense:
– Я подожду здесь. (Ya podozhdu zdes'.) – I will wait here.
– Мы подождём, пока ты не придёшь. (My podozhdёm, poka ty ne pridyosh’.) – We will wait until you come.

These tools can help you get a firm grasp of the word 'подождать' and its usage in various contexts.

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