давать / дать conjugation in Russian – to Give

By Ari Helderman
October 26, 2022

Down below you find the table of conjugations for the verbs давать / дать. In English the translation means ‘to give’.

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

давать / дать 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.

Infinitive Formдаватьдать
Present Tense  
я – 1st Person Singularдаю 
ты – 2nd Person Singularдаёшь 
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularдаёт 
мы – 1st Person Pluralдаём 
вы – 2nd Person Pluralдаёте 
они – 3rd Person Pluralдают 
Past Tense  
он – Masculineдавалдал
она – Feminineдаваладала
оно – Neuterдавалодало
они/мы/вы –  Pluralдавалидали
Future Tense  
я – 1st Person Singularбуду даватьдам 
ты – 2nd Person Singularбудешь даватьдашь
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularбудет даватьдаст
мы – 1st Person Pluralбудем даватьдадим
ты – 2nd Person Pluralбудете даватьдадите
они – 3rd Person Pluralбудут даватьдадут
Imperative Form  
ты – Informalдавайдай
вы – Politeдавайтедайте

How to use давать in Russian?

Everywhere you would use ‘give’ in English, you can use давать in Russian. An extra use of this word would be when you want to say ‘let’s go do something’, you then say ‘давай(те) + infinitive verb’.

If you’ve ever seen a Russian sports game, you’ve also heard all the Russians scream ‘давай давай давай!!!!’. So it’s also a encouraging chant that can be translated as ‘come on!’ / ‘go!’.

Watch this video where I tell you in Russian (with English subtitles) 9 reasons why Russian is actually easy to learn.

Examples of давать / дать 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.

If you make this into a habit to always pronounce Russian words while you read them, your speaking skills will improve 5 times faster than if you would not do this. It’s a small action that brings big results.

Russian exampleEnglish translation
Начальник хочет дать сотруднику премиюThe boss wants to give the employee a bonus
Плохо давать своему питомцу столько едыIt’s bad to give your pet so much food
Я даю тебе подарок, а ты меня игнорируешьI’m giving you a present, and you’re ignoring me
Я дам тебе награду, если ты сделаешь хорошую работуI will give you a reward, if you deliver good work
Вы даете ребенку карманные деньги?Do you give your child pocket money?
Вы дадите своему ребенку деньги на покупку собственной одежды?Will you give your child money to buy his own clothes?
Почему ты все деньги даешь на благотворительность?Why are you giving all your money to charity?
Дай мне соль пожалуйстаGive me the salt please
Мы дали вам конвертWe gave you an envelope
Мужчина дал женщине свой телефонThe man gave the woman his phone
Компания давала бесплатные продуктыThe company was giving free products
Ребята, дайте мне рубль пожалуйстаGuys, give me a rubel please
Я дал тебе все, что у меня былоI gave you all I had
Дети дали учителям цветыThe children gave the teachers flowers
Давай! Ты все еще можешь выиграть игру.Come on! You can still win the game.
Давать лучше, чем получатьGiving is better than receiving
Я больше никогда не дам тебе денегI’ll never again give you money

What should you do next?

Learning Russian does NOT need to be difficult. All you need is a solid plan that helps you improve the following things daily:

  • vocabulary
  • grammar
  • listening skills
  • speaking skills

That's ALL you need. If you can do this for a couple of weeks, you’ll already be making great progress in your Russian skills.

And the best part? If you improve a little bit every day, soon these practices will become daily habits.

And then you will start making progress on autopilot.

This means that learning Russian is now a part of your daily routine. So you won’t even need discipline anymore to get yourself to practice.

If you like the idea of this, but don’t know where to start, go here for more information.

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.

Ari Helderman