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How to recognize the tense of a Russian verb? Any general rules?

For learning: Russian
Base language: English
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    Most Russian verbs ends with -л(m), -ла(f) or -ло (n) in the Past.
    Читать: Я читала. Он читал.

    Verbs in present have personal endings
    Я читаю, ты читаешь, они читают etc.

    Imperfective verbs form the Future tense with an auxiliary verb быть, which you have to put in a personal form.
    Я буду читать, ты будешь читать, он будет читать.

    Perfective verbs do not have the Present form, just personal ending:
    Прочитать - прочитаю, прочитаешь, прочитает etc.

    If you see -л (-ла, -ли) in an ending of a verb, it's a past tense
    If you see -у, -ю, -им, -ем, -ём, -ишь, -ешь, -ёшь, -ите, -ете, -ёте, -ут, -ют, -ат, -ят, it may be a present tense, and may be future

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