готовить / приготовить conjugation in Russian – to Cook/Prepare

By Ari Helderman
November 19, 2020

Down below you find the table of conjugations for the verbs готовить and приготовить. In English the translation means ‘to cook/prepare’.

готовить / приготовить 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 Formготовитьприготовить
Present Tense
я – 1st Person Singularготовлю
ты – 2nd Person Singularготовишь
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularготовит
мы – 1st Person Pluralготовим
вы – 2nd Person Pluralготовите
они – 3rd Person Pluralготовят
Past Tense
он – Masculineготовилприготовил
она – Feminineготовилаприготовила
оно – Neuterготовилоприготовило
они/мы/вы – Pluralготовилиприготовили
Future Tense
я – 1st Person Singularбуду готовитьприготовлю
ты– 2nd Person Singularбудешь готовитьприготовишь
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularбудет готовитьприготовит
мы – 1st Person Pluralбудем готовитьприготовим
вы – 2nd Person Pluralбудете готовитьприготовите
они – 3rd Person Pluralбудут готовитьприготовят
Imperative Form
ты – Informalготовьприготовь
вы – Politeготовьтеприготовьте

How to use готовить in Russian?

Everywhere you would use ‘cook’ or ‘prepare’ in English, you can use готовить in Russian. This may seem a little weird, but in English you can also often switch ‘cook dinner’ for ‘prepare dinner’. You don’t use готовить for ‘cooking’ in the meaning of ‘boiling’.

Examples of готовить / приготовить 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
Японцы умеют готовить хорошие сушиThe Japanese can cook good sushi
Вы можете приготовить ужин сегодня вечером?Can you cook dinner tonight?
Я готовлю пастуI cook pasta
Завтра приготовлю пастуI will cook pasta tomorrow
Ты готовишь ужин сегодняYou make dinner today
Ты приготовишь ужин сегодняYou will make dinner today
Он готовит мясо на мангалеHe prepares meat on the BBQ
Мы приготовим еду на день рожденияWe will prepare food for the birthday
Ты приготовил подарок маме?Did you prepare a present for your mom?
Моя девушка готовила завтрак каждый день во время праздниковMy girlfriend made breakfast every day during the holidays
Приготовь ужин, или я пойду поесть МакдональдсPrepare dinner or I’ll go out to eat McDonalds
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About the Author

My name is Ari Helderman and I help people learn Russian through videos and blog posts where I share my experience.   I have been learning Russian since 2016. I often get mistaken for a native speaker these days, so I've learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn't if you want to speak Russian well.

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