отвечать / ответить conjugation in Russian – to Answer

By Ari Helderman
May 3, 2022

Down below you find the table of conjugations for the verbs отвечать / ответить. In English the translation means ‘to answer’.

Read this article on Russian verb conjugation if you want to learn how to conjugate other Russian verbs.

отвечать / ответить conjugation in Russian

The stress of each word is on the bolded parts. Try saying the words out loud while you read to make sure they ‘stick’ in your memory.

Imperfective AspectPerfective Aspect
Infinitive Formотвечатьответить
Present Tense
я– 1st Person Singularотвечаю
ты – 2nd Person Singularотвечаешь
он/она/оно– 3rd Person Singularотвечает
мы– 1st Person Pluralотвечаем
вы – 2nd Person Pluralотвечаете
они – 3rd Person Pluralотвечают
Past Tense
он– Masculineотвечалответил
она – Feminineотвечалаответила
оно– Neuterотвечалоответило
они/мы/вы– Pluralотвечалиответили
Future Tense
я– 1st Person Singularбуду отвечатьотвечу
ты– 2nd Person Singularбудешь отвечатьответишь
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularбудет отвечатьответит
мы – 1st Person Pluralбудем отвечатьответим
вы– 2nd Person Pluralбудете отвечатьответите
они – 3rd Person Pluralбудут отвечатьответят
Imperative Form
ты – Informalотвечайответь
вы– Politeотвечайтеответьте

How to use отвечать in Russian?

Everywhere you would use ‘answer’ in English, you can use отвечать in Russian. Even in some more abstract forms as ‘to answer for something you’ve done’.

Examples of отвечать / ответить conjugation

While reading the examples below, try saying them out loud. That will do wonders for your ability to speak Russian well. If you’re in a public place and it would be a little awkward to say Russian words, try to pronounce the sentences in your head.

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Russian exampleEnglish translation
Ученик не хочет отвечать учителюThe student does not want to answer the teacher
Вы можете ответить на мой вопрос?Can you answer to my question?
Я отвечаю на твой вопросI’m answering your question
Я отвечу на твой вопрос когда приду домойI will answer your question when I come home
Ты отвечаешь на телефонный звонокYou are answering the phone
Ты ответишь мне сейчас!You will answer me now!
Преступник отвечает за свои преступленияThe criminal answers for his crimes
Она ответит клиенту в понедельникShe will answer the client on Monday
Отвечаем на вопрос учителяWe answer the teacher’s question
Ответим на вопрос учителяWe will answer the teacher’s question
Вы все отвечаете на мою волюYou all answer to my will
Вы мне ответите, когда я вернусь!You will answer me when I come back!
Дети отвечают на вопрос учителяThe kids answer the question of the teacher
Дети не ответят на вопрос учителяThe kids won’t answer to the question of the teacher
Во время работы в компании моя девушка весь день отвечала на звонкиWhile working at the company, my girlfriend was answering calls all day
Мужчина ответил на телефонный звонокThe man answered the phone call
Ответь мне сейчасAnswer me now
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