Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "go by transport" 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: go by transport, ride, drive

Pronunciation: [YEH-khat']

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #459 (see frequency list)

When I was in the metro, my phone started ringing.
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 Example sentences:
  • Когда́ ты е́дешь на юг?
  • When are you going to the South?
  • Он е́хал на велосипе́де и насви́стывал пе́сенку.
  • He was riding a bike and whistling a song.
  • Сейча́с мы е́дем на маши́не в центр с И́горем.
  • Now we're going by car to the city centre with Igor.
  • Грузови́к е́хал ме́дленно, потому́ что доро́га была́ плоха́я.
  • The truck was driving slowly because the road was bad.
  • Вы е́дете за грани́цу в э́том го́ду?
  • Are you going abroad this year?
  • Я е́ду по шоссе́, тут больша́я про́бка.
  • I'm driving on the motorway, there's a big trafic jam here.
  • Когда́ я е́хал в метро́, зазвони́л телефо́н.
  • When I was in the metro, my phone started ringing.
  •  literal  When I was going by metro, the phone started ringing.
  • Ра́зве мо́жно е́хать на кра́сный свет?
  • How can you drive when the red light is on?
  •  literal  Is it possible to drive on the red light?
  • Я не уме́ю ката́ться на конька́х: у меня́ ноги́ е́дут в ра́зные сто́роны!
  • I can't skate: my legs slide apart.
  •  literal  I can't skate: my legs drive to differetnt sides.
  • На́до быть осторо́жным, когда́ е́дешь на ло́шади.
  • One has to be careful when riding a horse.
  •  literal  It's necessary to be careful when you ride a horse.
  • На чём ты е́дешь на рабо́ту? На маши́не.
  • How are you going to get to work? By car.
  •  literal  On what you drive to work? On car.
  • Куда́ ты е́дешь? В Москву́ на конце́рт.
  • Where are you going to? To a concert in Moscow.
  •  literal  Where you driving? In Moscow on concert.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • да́льше е́хать не́куда = this is the limit
      literal  it's impossible to go further
  • кры́ша е́дет у кого-либо = one is going crazy
      literal  one's roof is going
  • е́хать на зелёный свет = drive when the light is green
  • е́хать на кра́сный свет = drive when the lght is red
  • е́хать на маши́не = go by car
      literal  go on the car
  • е́хать на авто́бусе = go by bus
      literal  go on the bus
  • е́хать на по́езде = go by train
      literal  go on the train
  • е́хать на велосипе́де = ride a bicycle
      literal  go on the bycicle
  • е́хать на мотоци́кле = drive a motorbike
      literal  go on a motorbike
  • е́хать на метро́ = go by metro
      literal  go on the metro
  • е́хать на ло́шади = ride a horse
      literal  go on the horse
  • éхать верхóм = ride an animal
      literal  go astride (on an animal)
  • е́хать по́ездом = go by train
  • е́хать по́ездом = go by train
 Related words:
  • éздить = go, drive, ride
  • éздить = go, drive, ride
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Ти́ше е́дешь - да́льше будешь.
  • Haste makes waste.
  •  literal  If you go slowly, you'll be further.
  • На охо́ту е́хать - соба́к корми́ть.
  • Don't have thy cloak to make when it begins to rain.
  •  literal  If you go hunting, you have to feed the dogs.
  • Е́хал к обе́ду, ан и у́жина не заста́л.
  • One is really disorganized.
  •  literal  I was going to have lunch, but I wasn't there even for dinner.
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I е́ду
you (singular) е́дешь
he, she, it е́дет
we е́дем
you (plural) е́дете
they е́дут

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he е́хал
she е́хала
it е́хало
we, you (plural), they е́хали

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb ехать is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb поехать instead.

Future Compound Tense

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

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) -
you (plural) -

View full conjugation table for the verb pair ехать/поехать

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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