Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to forget" in Russian

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Meaning: to forget, leave behind, lose

Pronunciation: [zah-BYT']

Part of speech: verb (perfective aspect)

Rank: #329 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я забы́л значе́ние э́того слова.
  • I forgot the meaning of this word. (said by a male)
  • Андре́й опя́ть забы́л ключи́ от до́ма.
  • Andrei forgot his house keys again.
  • Я никогда́ не забу́ду мои́ каникулы в Росси́и про́шлым ле́том.
  • I will never forget my trip to Russia last summer.
  • Не забу́дь про на́шу встре́чу за́втра!
  • Do not forget about our meeting tomorrow!
  • Забу́дь об э́той иде́е! Э́то пуста́я тра́та вре́мени.
  • Forget about this idea! It is a big waste of time.
  • Не забу́дьте заплати́ть нало́ги до 15 апре́ля.
  • Do not forget to pay your taxes by April 15th.
  • Я никогда́ не забу́ду на́ше пе́рвое свида́ние.
  • I will never forget our first date.
  • Я завёл буди́льник на семь часо́в на слу́чай, е́сли мы забу́дем о встре́че.
  • I set the alarm at 7:00 in case we forget about the meeting.
  • Е́сли я забу́ду позвони́ть в банк - напо́мни мне, пожа́луйста.
  • Please remind me if I will forget to call the bank.
  • Дава́й забу́дем э́тот разгово́р.
  • Let's forget about this conversation. (informal)

 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

The perfective verb забыть is not used in the Present Tense. Use the imperfective verb забывать instead.

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he забы́л
she забы́ла
it забы́ло
we, you (plural), they забы́ли

Future Simple Tense

I забу́ду
you (singular) забу́дешь
he, she, it забу́дет
we забу́дем
you (plural) забу́дете
they забу́дут

Future Compound Tense

The perfective verb забыть is not used in the Future Compound Tense. Use the imperfective verb забывать instead.

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) забу́дь
you (plural) забу́дьте

View full conjugation table for the verb pair забывать/забыть

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
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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