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Март 13, 2005


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kutsuwamushi
08:46 pm - признавать/признать
I noticed this verb pair today because if you ignore stress--which you would never do--they would appear identical in non-past conjugation. The imperfective признавать follows the same pattern as давать:

признаю
признаёшь
признаёт
признаём
признаёте
признают

While the perfective признать follows the easiest conjugation pattern of them all:

признаю
признаешь
признает
признаем
признаете
признают

They mean "to admit" or "to acknowledge"; "to recognize" (colloquially, they can mean "to recognize someone by sight", as in "I didn't recognize you"); "to declare"... and probably something else that I'm not aware of.

In writing (where stress isn't marked and ё is rarely used), I assume you have to determine perfectiveness by context. Just thought that was mildly interesting.

(Of course знавать and знать exist in unprefixed form as well, but they weren't in what I was reading. :P)

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From:cema
Date:Март 14, 2005 03:45 am
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Notice that the first list is in the present tense, while the second one is in the future.
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From:wolk_off
Date:Март 14, 2005 10:18 am
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Знавать is not a separate verb, but a special rare form of знать:
- Знавал я многих пьяниц, но такого выпивохи еще не встречал...
(I used to know many drunkards, but I've never met a drinker like that yet...)
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From:gera
Date:Апрель 28, 2005 03:12 am
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Признавать is for the most part used as "to admit" or "to acknowledge";
"to recognize someone by sight" is normally expressed as узнать.
Признать in this meaning is really a colloquial form, characteristic of rural folks or of someone trying to sound like them.

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