Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "approach" in Russian

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Meaning: approach, come to, walk to, to fit, to match, to suit

Pronunciation: [puh-digh-TEE]

Part of speech: verb (perfective aspect)

Rank: #361 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я подойду́ к тебе́ че́рез две мину́ты.
  • I will come to you in two minutes.
  • Ты должна́ купи́ть э́то пла́тье! Оно́ тебе́ о́чень хорошо́ подойдёт.
  • You should buy this dress! It will suit you very well.
  • Цвет э́той су́мочки отли́чно подошёл бы к цве́ту твои́х ту́фель.
  • The color of this purse would perfectly match the color of your shoes.
  • Дми́трий подошёл к реше́нию пробле́мы логи́чески.
  • Dmitry approached the solution of this problem logically.
  • Мы подойдём к реше́нию пробле́мы с друго́й стороны́.
  • We will approach the problem from the other side.
  • Подойди́те ко мне бли́же, пожа́луйста.
  • Come closer to me, please. (singular polite or plural)
  • Подойди́ к библиоте́ке в 2 ча́са дня, пожа́луйста. Я встре́чу тебя́ там.
  • Сome to the library at 2 p.m., please, I will meet you there. (familiar)
  • Алексе́й подошёл ко мне и попроси́л кни́гу на выходны́е.
  • Alexey approached me and asked if he can use my book for the weekend.
  • Э́то вре́мя подойдёт тебе́?
  • Will this time suit you?
  • Че́рез два кварта́ла мы подойдём к Кра́сной Пло́щади.
  • In two blocks we will reach the Red Square.

 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

The perfective verb подойти is not used in the Present Tense. Use the imperfective verb подходить instead.

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he подошёл
she подошла́
it подошло́
we, you (plural), they подошли́

Future Simple Tense

I подойду́
you (singular) подойдёшь
he, she, it подойдёт
we подойдём
you (plural) подойдёте
they подойду́т

Future Compound Tense

The perfective verb подойти is not used in the Future Compound Tense. Use the imperfective verb подходить instead.

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) подойди́
you (plural) подойди́те

View full conjugation table for the verb pair подходить/подойти

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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