Писать/написать conjugation in Russian – to write

Ari Helderman // Everything Else
May 3, 2022

Down below you find the table of conjugations for the verbs писать and написать. In English, the translation means ‘to write’.

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

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Писать 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 Formписатьнаписать
Present Tense
я – 1st Person Singularпишу
ты – 2nd Person Singularпишешь
он/она/оно – 3rd Person Singularпишет
мы – 1st Person Pluralпишем
вы – 2nd Person Pluralпишете
они – 3rd Person Pluralпишут
Past Tense
он – Masculineписалнаписал
она – Feminineписаланаписала
оно – Neuterписалонаписало
они/мы/вы – Pluralписалинаписали
Future Tense
я – 1st Person Singularбуду писатьнапишу
ты – 2nd Person Singularбудешь писатьнапишешь
он/она/оно– 3rd Person Singularбудет писатьнапишет
мы – 1st Person Pluralбудем писатьнапишем
вы – 2nd Person Pluralбудете писатьнапишете
они – 3rd Person Pluralбудут писатьнапишут
Imperative Form
ты – Informalпишинапиши
вы – Politeпишитенапишите

IMPORTANT: make sure to put the stress on the и and not the а in the past tense. ‘я писал’ means ‘I peed’, not ‘I wrote’. The same goes for the infinitive form. Don’t say:

Я хочу писать тебе письмо – I want to pee you a letter.

Instead say:

Я хочу писать тебе письмо – I want to write you a letter.

How to use писать in Russian?

You can use писать just like when in English you’d say the verb ‘write’.

Examples of писать / написать 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
Я хочу писать тебе письмоI want to write you a letter
Ты должен написать мне ответное письмоYou should write me a letter back
Я пишу в блокнотеI cook pasta
Я напишу в блокнотеI’ll write in my notebook
Ты пишешь, пока говорит учитель?Are you writing while the teacher speaks?
Когда ты напишешь свой роман?When will you write your novel
Писатель пишет свой новый романThe writer writes his new novel
Писатель напишет свой новый роман в следующем годуThe writer will write his new novel next year
Написали сообщение в инстаграммThey wrote a message on Instagram
Я писал тебе сообщение, когда полиция выбила мою дверьI was writing you a message, when the police knocked down my door
Напишите здесь свое имяWrite your name here

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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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