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Forum Russian Step By Step » Russian Language » Grammar Questions » Verbs зайти and войти (Difference between зайти and войти)
Verbs зайти and войти
KellyDate: Tuesday, 2010-04-27, 5:31 PM | Message # 1
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Hello, everybody!
I am trying to find out the differnce between 2 Russian verbs 'зайти' and 'войти' in the phrase "Он зашёл в комнату" or "Он вошёл в комнату". I want to say: He entered the room.
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NatashaDate: Wednesday, 2010-04-28, 9:32 AM | Message # 2
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These verbs are called verbs of motion , and they have very similar meaning like English ‘come in’ and ‘enter’ . In this phrase you can use either of them. I would say the verb with prefix в (входить, войти) is more formal.
But , the verb with prefix за (зайти, заходить) has another meaning – to drop by, and if you need that meaning, you cannot replace it with the verb with prefix в (входить, войти).
Вчера я зашла в гости к подруге. = Yesterday I dropped by at my friend's place.
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KellyDate: Wednesday, 2010-04-28, 10:30 PM | Message # 3
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Thank you, Natasha, for your reply. But I just want to clarify. If I want to be polite, I should use 'вошёл' rather than 'зашёл' ?
NatashaDate: Thursday, 2010-04-29, 9:02 AM | Message # 4
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No, no. For this particular sentence those two verbs are equal. When I said more formal, I meant that in the formal settings the verb 'войти' is more appropriate. For example, in the doctor's office the receptionist says: 'входите!'.
Both verbs are polite. tongue
KellyDate: Thursday, 2010-04-29, 10:18 PM | Message # 5
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Thank you, Natasha. It was very helpful! tongue biggrin smile
GuestDate: Sunday, 2010-11-14, 4:16 PM | Message # 6
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Thank you.
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