Category: "Die"

What we can learn from a cow's death

July 5th, 2009 — posted by Don
Last week we discussed the four verbs most commonly used to mean “to die” in Russian: умирать/умереть, погибать/погибнуть, скончаться, and сдыхать/сдохнуть. If you have mastered those, you are able to express pretty well all the most standard shades… more »

Погибать/погибнуть

July 3rd, 2009 — posted by Don
There is one more significant word for “to die,” which is погибать/погибнуть. It means “to perish” and communicates the idea that the death was tragic. Sometimes it seems to add the idea of nobility or heroism. It is conjugated like this: to… more »

Сдыхать/сдохнуть

July 2nd, 2009 — posted by Don
When an animal dies, the word Russians usually use is сдыхать/сдонуть, which conjugates like this: to die (said of an animal) Imperfective Perfective Infinitive сдыхать сдохнуть Past сдыхал сдыхала сдыхало сдыхали сдох сдохла сдохло… more »

Скончаться

July 1st, 2009 — posted by Don
When people are grieving it feels harsh to use the word умирать/умереть for “to die.” In those contexts it's better to use the verb “to pass away,” which in Russian is скончаться. It only exists in the perfective with that prefix, but… more »

Умирать/умереть

June 30th, 2009 — posted by Don
The verb “to die” is умирать/умереть, and it is conjugated like this: to die Imperfective Perfective Infinitive умирать умереть Past умирал умирала умирало умирал умер умерла умерло умерли Present умираю умираешь умирает умираем… more »