Lesson 67 - Verbs. Past Tense Endings.

The Past Tense Endings


The Past Tense of a verb indicates that the action indicated by the verb occurred in the past. The Past Tense ending for both conjugations is  + gender marker, -o for neuter, -a for feminine, nothing for masculine, in the singular and  in the plural. The past tense of сказа- "say, tell" is сказа-л-, as shown below:

(он) сказал "he/it said" 
(она) сказала "she/it said" 
(оно) сказало "it said" 
(они) сказали "they said"

The stem does not change if the past tense ending is added to a vowel stem; however, this ending doesn't like consonants and usually makes some adjustments to consonant stems. We will talk about it when we learn the Rules of Combinations.

Jul 6, 2012 9:08 PM
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