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The Infinitive, Likes and Dislikes is the fourteenth (assuming read left to right) skill of the Russian tree. It has three lessons, but these lessons full to the brim with infinitives and how to describe likes, dislikes, and possibilities in Russian.

Grammar notes[]


In Russian, you indicate that you like things using either the verb любить or with the verb нравиться with a dative subject. If the thing is a verb, then the verb is in its uncongugated form (called the infinitive). If you like a person, you actually "love" them, and only use любить.

Reflexive Verbs[]

Нравиться and нельзя are reflexive verbs due to their -ся/-зя ending. Don't worry about these too much; they'll be explained in more detail later.


Lesson 1[]

  • спать = to sleep
  • читать = to read
  • уметь = to be able to
  • любить = to like/love
  • девушка = girlfriend
  • писать = to write
  • очень = very

Lesson 2[]

  • нравиться = to like
  • есть = to eat
  • пить = to drink
  • работать = to work
  • готовить = to cook
  • завтракать = to eat/have breakfast

Lesson 3[]

  • можно = may/can
  • нельзя = may/can not
  • курить = to smoke
  • прыгать = to jump
  • жить = to live
  • знать = to know


Duolingo Lesson: www.duolingo.com/skill/ru/Infinitive%2C-Likes-and-Dislikes