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How to say "to remain" in Russian

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оставаться

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Meaning: to remain, stay, to be left

Pronunciation: [ahs-tah-VAH-tsuh]

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #297 (see frequency list)



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 Example sentences:
  • Мы остаёмся здесь жить.
  • We are staying here to live.
  • Они́ остава́лись лу́чшими друзья́ми в любо́й ситуа́ции.
  • They remained the best friends in any situation.
  • Я не хочу́ остава́ться с ним наедине́.
  • I don't want to stay one-on-one with him.
  • Ты остаёшься на у́жин?
  • Are you going to stay for dinner?
  •  literal  You staying for supper?
  • Я не люблю́ остава́ться в до́лгу.
  • I don't like to be in debt.
  • Наш угово́р остава́лся в си́ле ещё два дня.
  • Our agreement remained in effect for two more days.
  •  literal  Our agreement remained in force for two more days.
  • Катя остава́лась в до́лгу пе́ред на́ми.
  • Katya remained in debt to us.
  • В любом спо́ре они́ всё равно́ остава́лись при своём мне́нии.
  • In any dispute, they still remained with their opinion.
  • В любой ситуа́ции ну́жно остава́ться челове́ком.
  • In any situation you must remain a human.
  • До конца́ экза́мена остава́лось не́сколько мину́т.
  • There were a few minutes left until the end of the exam.
  • Вы остаётесь в э́той кварти́ре и́ли переезжа́ете?
  • Are you staying in this flat or moving (to a new plaсe)?
  • Остава́йся со мной!
  • Stay with me!


 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I остаю́сь
you (singular) остаёшься
he, she, it остаётся
we остаёмся
you (plural) остаётесь
they остаю́тся

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he остава́лся
she остава́лась
it остава́лось
we, you (plural), they остава́лись

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb оставаться is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb остаться instead.


Future Compound Tense

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

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) остава́йся
you (plural) остава́йтесь

View full conjugation table for the verb pair оставаться/остаться

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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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