Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "follow" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: follow, come next, should, ought to

Pronunciation: [SLYEH-duh-vuht']

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #391 (see frequency list)

Follow me!
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 Example sentences:
  • Слéдуйте за мной!
  • Follow me!
  • За ней слéдовал сын.
  • Her son followed her.
  • За вопрócом обы́чно слéдует отвéт.
  • An answer normally follows a question.
  • Недéля слéдовала за недéлей.
  • One week came after another.
  •  literal  A week followed a week.
  • За гости́ной слéдует ку́хня.
  • The kitchen comes after the living room.
  • Млáдшая сестрá во всëм слéдует стáршей.
  • The younger sister takes after the elder one.
  • Молоды́е дéвушки чácто слéдуют мóде.
  • Young girls often follow the fashion.
  • Слéдуй примéру твои́х одноклáccников.
  • Follow your classmates' example.
  • Пóезд слéдует до Калинингрáда.
  • The train is bound for Kaliningrad.
  • Из э́того слéдует, что ты дáже не начинáл дéлать задáние.
  • It means that you haven't even started to do the task.
  •  literal  It follows from this that you haven't even started to do the task.
  • Тебé слéдует вы́спаться.
  • You should have a good sleep.
  • Слéдует пóмнить, что не кáждое лекáрство мóжно купи́ть без рецéпта.
  • It should be remembered that not every medicine can be bought without a prescription.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • слéдовать мóде = to follow the fashion
  • слéдовать закóну = to observe the law
  • слéдовать примéру = to follow smb's example
  • из э́того слéдует, что... = it results from this that...
  • продолжéние слéдует = to be continued
  • не слéдует ду́мать, что... = it should not be supposed that
  • слéдует пóмнить, что... = it should be remembered
  • слéдует обрати́ть внимáние = note should be taken
  • э́того слéдовало ожидáть = it was to be expected
  • как слéдует = properly
 Related words:
  • слéдовательно = consequently
  • след = a track, footprint
  • слéдующий = following, next
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Слéдуй дóброму, не слéдуй дурнóму.
  • Follow the good, don't follow the evil.
  • Что ху́до, тогó бéгай, что дóбро – тому́ слéдуй.
  • Escape from the evil and follow the good.
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I сле́дую
you (singular) сле́дуешь
he, she, it сле́дует
we сле́дуем
you (plural) сле́дуете
they сле́дуют

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he сле́довал
she сле́довала
it сле́довало
we, you (plural), they сле́довали

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb следовать is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb последовать instead.

Future Compound Tense

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

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) сле́дуй
you (plural) сле́дуйте

View full conjugation table for the verb pair следовать/последовать

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

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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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