How to say 

"To catch" in Russian

Russian word of the day | Jan 25, 2023 (see all)
пойма́ть
[ paî-mat' ]
Verb , perfective
Often used with the Accusative, Instumental
Imperfective - лови́ть (see below)
to catch

Morphemic analysis

поймать
prefix: по
root: йм
suffix: а
ending: ть

Etymology

по + иметь - prefix denoting completeness of an action + to have

The imperfective aspect

to (try to) catch

Examples of "To catch" in Russian

  • Мы пыта́лись пойма́ть такси́, но не ту́т-то бы́ло.

    my py-tá-lees' paî-mát' tak-sée, no nye tut-ta bý-la

    We tried to get a taxi, but no luck.

    Lit.: We tried to catch a taxi, but not here it was.

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  • Пойма́в на себе́ его́ взгляд, она́ улыбну́лась.

    paî-maf na see-byé ye-vó vzglyat, a-ná u-lyb-nú-las'

    Having caught his eye on her, she smiled.

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