стоять / постоять conjugation in Russian – to Stand

By Ari Helderman
May 3, 2022

Down below you find the table of conjugations for the verbs стоять / постоять. In English the translation means ‘to stand’.

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

стоять / постоять 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 Formстоятьпостоять
Present Tense
я – 1st Person Singularстою
ты – 2nd Person Singularстоишь
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularстоит
мы – 1st Person Pluralстоим
вы – 2nd Person Pluralстоите
они – 3rd Person Pluralстоят
Past Tense
он – Masculineстоялпостоял
она – Feminineстоялапостояла
оно – Neuterстоялопостояло
они/мы/вы – Pluralстоялипостояли
Future Tense
я – 1st Person Singularбуду стоятьпостою
ты – 2nd Person Singularбудешь стоятьпостоишь
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularбудет стоятьпостоит
мы – 1st Person Pluralбудем стоятьпостоим
вы – 2nd Person Pluralбудете стоятьпостоите
они – 3rd Person Pluralбудут стоятьпостоят
Imperative Form
ты – Informalстойпостой
вы – Politeстойтепостойте

How to use Стоять in Russian?

The verb стоять is used the same as it is in English. You will see that in the examples below. One extra usage is that it’s commonly used in the imperative form as a command.

If you’ve watched Russian (war) movies/series, you’ll notice that they often scream стоять/стой/стойте!. This literally means ‘stand!’, but can be better translated with ‘wait!’ or ‘stop!’.

The perfective form постоять generally means to stand somewhere for a short period of time.

Examples of стоять/постоять 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
Я не хочу больше стоять здесьI don’t want to stand here anymore
Я стою в грязиI stand in the dirt
Почему ты стоишь снаружи?Why are you standing outside?
Он стоит на вершине горыHe stands on top of the mountain
Дом стоит в деревнеThe house stands in the village
Почему она стоит посреди дороги?Why is she standing in the middle of the road?
Полиция спрашивает, почему вы стоите здесьThe police asks why you are standing here
Мы стоим посреди пустыниWe stand in the middle of the desert
Все дети стоят в очереди в школуAll the kids are standing in line for school
Он стоял устойчиво, когда пришел его врагHe stood steady when his enemy came
Наталья стояла на кухне, пока звенел звонок.Natalya stood in the kitchen, while the bell ring
Вкусное блюдо стояло на столеThe tasty dish stood in on the table
Стой там, не уходи.Stand there, don’t go away.
Мы пришли, чтобы тут постоять?Did we come just to stand here?
Я постою с тобойI will stand with you
Он будет стоять здесьHe will stand here
Пожалуйста, постойте немного!Please stand still for a bit!

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