Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to remember" in Russian

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помнить

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Meaning: to remember, to keep in mind

Pronunciation: [POHM-neet']

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #235 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я всегда буду помнить тебя.
  • I will always remember you. (informal)
  • Эту доро́гу знал и по́мнил ка́ждый.
  • Everybody knew and remembered this road.
  • Помните, что в жару следует пить как можно больше воды.
  • Keep in mind, that one should drink plenty of water when it's hot.
  • Моя́ ма́ма по́мнит те моме́нты, когда́ я был ещё совсе́м маленьким.
  • My mother remembers those moments when I was only a small child.
  • Я твёрдо по́мню, что Лев Толстой родился в 1828 году.
  • I bear firmly in mind that Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828.
  • Ты не по́мнишь, как мы познако́мились?
  • Do you remember how we first met? (informal)
  • Ольга не помнит себя от радости.
  • Olga is beside herself with joy.
  • Я хорошо помню ваши слова.
  • I remember your words very well. (formal or plural)


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • твёрдо помнить = to bear firmly in mind
  • не помнить себя от... = be beside oneself with...
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Ври, да помни.
  • A liar should be a man of good memory.
  • Помни, что ты прах.
  • Remember that you are dust. (Genesis)
  • Худое долго помнится, а хорошее скоро забудется.
  • One can't forget or forgive.
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I по́мню
you (singular) по́мнишь
he, she, it по́мнит
we по́мним
you (plural) по́мните
they по́мнят

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he по́мнил
she по́мнила
it по́мнило
we, you (plural), they по́мнили

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb помнить is not used in the Future Simple Tense.

Future Compound Tense

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

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) по́мни
you (plural) по́мните

View full conjugation table for the verb pair помнить/-

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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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