Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to ask" in Russian

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спрашивать

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Meaning: to ask, inquire, demand, to charge smth.

Pronunciation: [SPRAH-shi-vaht']

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #364 (see frequency list)



"Спрашивать" means "to ask" in Russian
 Example sentences:
  • Я не хочу́ спра́шивать его́ об э́том.
  • I don't want to ask him about this.
  • Почему́ ты спра́шиваешь?
  • Why are you asking?
  • Вас кто́-то спра́шивал.
  • Somebody wanted to see you.
  • Меня́ никто́ не спра́шивал?
  • Were there any calls for me?
  • Необходи́мо стро́го спра́шивать с тех, кто не исполня́ет прика́зы.
  • It's necessary to make responsible those who don't execute orders.
  • Отве́ты на вопро́сы публику́ются в разде́ле «Спра́шивали -- отвеча́ем».
  • The answers to the questions are being published in the "Questions and Answers" section.
  •  literal  "[you] asked -- [we] answer"
  • Я уже́ миллио́н раз себя́ об э́том спра́шивал.
  • I have been asking this myself a million times.
  • Спра́шивай что хо́чешь, я отве́чу.
  • Ask anything you want, I'll answer. (informal)
  • Я не про́сто так спра́шиваю.
  • I ask for a reason.
  •  literal  I don't just ask.
  • У него́ никогда́ не спра́шивают би́лет.
  • They never ask him to show the ticket.


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • спрашивать разрешения = to ask (somebody's) permission
  • спрашивать совета = to ask for advice
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Спрашивай не старого, а бывалого.
  • Ask not the old, but the old-timer.
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I спра́шиваю
you (singular) спра́шиваешь
he, she, it спра́шивает
we спра́шиваем
you (plural) спра́шиваете
they спра́шивают

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he спра́шивал
she спра́шивала
it спра́шивало
we, you (plural), they спра́шивали

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb спрашивать is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb спросить instead.


Future Compound Tense

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

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) спра́шивай
you (plural) спра́шивайте

View full conjugation table for the verb pair спрашивать/спросить

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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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