смотреть / посмотреть conjugation in Russian – to Look

By Ari Helderman
November 20, 2020

Down below you find the table of conjugations for the verbs смотреть / посмотреть. In English the translation means ‘to look’.

смотреть 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.

Present Tense
я – 1st Person Singularсмотрю
ты – 2nd Person Singularсмотришь
он/она/оно– 3rd Person Singularсмотрит
мы – 1st Person Pluralсмотрим
вы – 2nd Person Pluralсмотрите
они – 3rd Person Pluralсмотрят
Past Tense
он– Masculineсмотрелпосмотрел
она – Feminineсмотрелапосмотрела
оно – Neuterсмотрелопосмотрело
они/мы/вы– Pluralсмотрелипосмотрели
Future Tense
я – 1st Person Singularбуду смотретьпосмотрю
ты – 2nd Person Singularбудешь смотретьпосмотришь
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularбудет смотретьпосмотрит
мы– 1st Person Pluralбудем смотретьпосмотрим
вы – 2nd Person Pluralбудете смотретьпосмотрите
они – 3rd Person Pluralбудут смотретьпосмотрят
Imperative Form
ты– Informalсмотрипоcмотри
вы – Politeсмотритепоcмотрите

How to use смотреть in Russian?

If you in English use the verbs ‘watch’ or ‘look’, you can use the Russian смотреть. The perfective aspects has the connotation of ‘taking a look’. Check the examples below to see what I mean.

Examples of смотреть / посмотреть 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
Нужно посмотреть, прежде чем переходить дорогуNeed to look before crossing the road
Я могу часами смотреть на звездыI can look at the stars for hours
я смотрю на тебяI’m looking at you
Я посмотрю на сломанный ноутбук позжеI’ll have a look at the broken laptop later
На что ты смотришь?What are you looking at?
Смотри на меняLook at me
Мы смотрим на переездWe’re looking at moving
На что Вы смотрели, когда произошла авария?What were you looking at, when the accident happened?
Он странно посмотрел на меня, когда я сказал ему, что не принимаю ценуHe looked at me weird when I told him I’m not accepting the price
Они смотрят на насThey’re watching us
Ребята посмотрите что нашел!Guys look what I found!
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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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