Question from George Jagels, asked on 27 Jul, 2019

Thank you Yulia. After reading your answer, I wondered what word for “avoid” one would use in Russian if in the corresponding English sentence th

Thank you Yulia.
After reading your answer, I wondered what word for "avoid" one would use in Russian if in the corresponding English sentence the word "avoid" was followed by a gerund. I fed Google-Translate the following sentence

I avoided seeing him

and this is what came back...

Я избегал его видеть

I know from experience that it is not unusual for Google-Translate to make mistakes. What do you think of this translation? How would you translate "I avoided seeing him" ?

Thank you

1 answer
Answered by Yulia on 27 Jul, 2019

Hello George,

The Russian verb избегать-избежать (to avoid) can be used with an infinitive or with a noun in the Genitive case.

Она избегала встречаться с ним.
Она избегала встреч с ним. She avoided meeting him.

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