Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to sit down" in Russian

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Meaning: to sit down, board, get into, to land, set, come down, to discharge, to get jailed

Pronunciation: [sah-DEE-tsah]

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #761 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Садитесь на стул, пожалуйста.
  • Sit down on the chair, please. (polite)
  • Садись в автомобиль!
  • Get into the car! (informal)
  • Ему надо сесть на этот поезд.
  • He must take this train.
  • Этот самолёт садится в Москве.
  • This plane lands in Moscow.
  • Батарейки в фонарике садятся.
  • The batteries in the flashlight are low.
  • День подходил к концу, и солнце медленно садилось за горизонт.
  • The day was coming to an end and the sun was slowly going down beneath the horizon.
  • Прошу садиться!
  • Please be seated! (addressing a group of people politely)

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • садиться за руль = to take the driver's seat, to sit down at the wheel
  • садиться на мель = to run aground
  • садиться в тюрьму = to get into prison
  • батарейка садится = the battery is low
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Назло мужу сяду в лужу.
  • To bite off one's nose to spite somebody's face.
  • Не в свои сани не садись.
  • Do not try to sit in the sledge not belonging to you.
  • Не сади дерева корнем кверху.
  • Do not plant a tree with its root upward.
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I сажу́сь
you (singular) сади́шься
he, she, it сади́тся
we сади́мся
you (plural) сади́тесь
they садя́тся

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he сади́лся
she сади́лась
it сади́лось
we, you (plural), they сади́лись

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb садиться is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb сесть instead.

Future Compound Tense

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

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) сади́сь
you (plural) сади́тесь

View full conjugation table for the verb pair садиться/сесть

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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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