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Russian word of the day: Сварить

Jul 10, 2018 (see all)
[ sva-réet' ]
Verb , perfective
Often used with the Accusative
Imperfective - вари́ть
to cook by boiling


  • Свари́ карто́шки к у́жину.

    sva-rée kar-tósh-kee k ú-zhee-nu

    Boil some potatoes for dinner.

  • Ма́ма свари́ла суп, пошли́ есть.

    má-ma sva-rée-la sup, pash-lee yest'

    Mum cooked a soup, let's go eat.

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Same stem words

варе́нье [va-ryén'-ye] Noun , neuter
jam, confiture; conserve(s), preserve(s)
перева́ривать [pee-ree-vá-ree-vat'] Verb , imperfective
to digest; (figurative) to stomach; to spoil by overcooking; to cook/boil again
поварёшка [pa-va-ryósh-ka] Noun , feminine
ladle (conversational)

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2 thoughts on “Сварить

  1. Hello, in the first example, can I use на ужин instead of к у́жину? What is the difference between the 2? Thanks

    • Learn Russian Words says:

      Hi Anita,

      Yes, you can. However there is a slight difference:

      – “к ужину” means “to the time of the dinner”, the potato must be ready when the time of the dinner comes; most likely, the speaker implies that he will bring something else (for example, roasted chicken) and potato is just a part of the dinner.

      – “на ужин” means “for the dinner”; in this case, it sounds like the potato is the only thing you are going to eat 🙂

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