Russian Verb: думать (To Think)

Written byAlina Sinitcyna

The verb думать “to think” is classified as an irregular verb in the Russian language, so you must carefully when you use it. When you use this verb you have to take account of plural or singular from of the subject of the tense. The verb думать “to think” is very versatile; therefore the following table below is going to help with the proper conjugation according to the tense.

Russian Verb Conjugator

ImperfectiveAspectPerfective Aspect
Present Tense  
1st Person SingularДумаю 
2nd Person SingularДумаешь 
3rd Person SingularДумает 
1st Person PluralДумаем 
2nd Person PluralДумаете  
3rd Person PluralДумают  
**Past Tense **  
MasculineДумал  Подумал
FeminineДумала Подумала 
NeuterДумало Подумало 
PluralДумали Подумали
**Future Tense **  
1st Person SingularБуду ДуматьПодумаю
2nd Person SingularБудешь ДуматьПодумаешь
3rd Person SingularБудет ДуматьПодумает
1st Person PluralБудем ДуматьПодумаем
2nd Person PluralБудете ДуматьПодумаете 
3rd Person PluralБудут ДуматьПодумают
**Command Form **  
InformalДумай Подумай
Subjunctive Mood  
Masculineду́мал быподу́мал бы
Feminineду́мала быподу́мала бы
Neuterду́мало быподу́мало бы
Pluralду́мали быподу́мали бы
Present Active Participleду́мающий 
Past Active Participleду́мавшийподу́мавший
Present Passive Participleду́маемый 
Past Passive Participle  
Verbal Adverb (Gerund)ду́маяподу́мав

Sample sentences:

  • I spend many hours thinking about you.
  • Я трачу много часов думал о тебе.
  • He thought about bringing his new bicycle to take this trip.
  • Он думал, привезет свой новый велосипед, чтобы воспользоваться этой поездкой.
  • Our Russian language teacher has thought about buying a new car.
  • Наши учителя русского языка не подумал о покупке нового втомобиля.
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