Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to answer" in Russian

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Meaning: to answer, reply, respond, be responsible for, be in charge of, meet

Pronunciation: [aht-vee-CHAHT']

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #404 (see frequency list)

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 Example sentences:
  • Егó телефóн не отвечáeт.
  • His phone doesn't answer.
  • Ты за меня́ не отвечáй!
  • Don't answer for me!
  • Я всегдá отвечáю на все вопрócы.
  • I always give anwsers to all the questions.
  • В фи́рме она отвечáла за перепи́ску.
  • She was responsible for correspondence in the company.
  • Не трóгай егó, я за негó головóй отвечáю!
  • Don't touch him, I'm responsible for him with my life!
  • Дирéктор отвечáет за кáчество своéй проду́кции.
  • The director is responsible for his production quality.
  • Одéжда отвечáeт кли́мату.
  • Clothes meet the climate conditions.
  • Ты всегдá отвечáешь мне по имэ́йлу
  • You always respond to me by e-mail.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • отвечáть головóй, жи́знью за что-ли́бо, когó-ли́бо = stake one's life on smth, smb
  • отвечáть за себя́ = answer for oneself
  • отвечáть своему́ назначéнию = answer its purpose
  • отвечáть трéбованиям = meet / answer the requirements
  • отвечáть урóк = answer in class
 Related words:
  • отвéтить = to answer
  • отвечáющий = the answerer
  • нести́ отвéтственность = be responsible for
  • cоотвéтствовать = to meet, correspond
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I отвеча́ю
you (singular) отвеча́ешь
he, she, it отвеча́ет
we отвеча́ем
you (plural) отвеча́ете
they отвеча́ют

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he отвеча́л
she отвеча́ла
it отвеча́ло
we, you (plural), they отвеча́ли

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb отвечать is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb ответить instead.

Future Compound Tense

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

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) отвеча́й
you (plural) отвеча́йте

View full conjugation table for the verb pair отвечать/ответить

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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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