Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to go" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: to go, to come, to leave, to move, to be in progress, to fall, to go by, pass

Pronunciation: [eet-TEE]

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #95 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я иду в парк.
  • I'm going to the park. (walking)
  • Вы слишком быстро идёте.
  • You are walking too fast.
  • Этот поезд идёт в Москву.
  • This train goes to Moscow.
  • Письмо из России в Америку идёт две недели.
  • It takes two weeks for a letter to arrive from Russia to the USA. (lit: a letter goes two weeks)
  • На улице идёт дождь.
  • It is raining outside. (lit: at street rain is coming)
  • Тихо, идут занятия!
  • Be quite. The classes are in progress.
  • Этот пиджак тебе не идёт.
  • This jacket doesn't suit you.
  • Она шла по улице одна.
  • She was walking down the street alone.
  • Это кино идёт каждый вечер.
  • This movie is playing every night.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • идти за кем-либо = to follow someone
  • Всё идёт как по маслу. = Things are going on swimmingly.
  • идти в сравнение = to be be comparable
  • идти на риск = to take chances
  • О чём идёт речь? = What is a question?
  • Идёт! = All right!, Agreed!
  • идти в гору = to be up and coming; to be on the climb
  • идти по проторенной дороге = to take the line of least resistance
  • идти по стопам = to follow in somebody's footsteps
  • идти против течения = to go (swim) against the current
  • идти своим путём = to steer one's own way
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I иду́
you (singular) идёшь
he, she, it идёт
we идём
you (plural) идёте
they иду́т

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he шёл
she шла́
it шло́
we, you (plural), they шли́

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb идти is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb пойти instead.

Future Compound Tense

I буду идти́
you (singular) будешь идти́
he, she, it будет идти́
we будем идти́
you (plural) будете идти́
they будут идти́

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) иди́
you (plural) иди́те

View full conjugation table for the verb pair идти/пойти

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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