Question from Wss, asked on 11 Dec, 2018

Long and short forms

Where do we use the long form and where do we use the short form?
1 answer
Answered by Yulia on 11 Dec, 2018

Hello Wss!

Did you mean long and short forms of adjectives?

The short forms of Russian adjectives are used:

  • With the words это, то,  что, всё. In this case, the neutral form of short adjectives is used.
  • In poetry and songs lyrics.
  • When we are talking about a specific, temporary situation. For example, Ботинки мне велики (The boots are too big for me).
  • The adjectives должен, готов, рад and some others are always used in the short form.

We use the long forms of adjectives in all the other cases.

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