Where do we use the long form and the short form of adjectives?

Asked by Wss on December 11, 2018


Where do we use the long form and where do we use the short form?


Hello Wss!

Did you mean long and short forms of adjectives?

The short forms of Russian adjectives are used:

  • With the words это, то,  что, всё. In this case, the neutral form of short adjectives is used.
  • In poetry and songs lyrics.
  • When we are talking about a specific, temporary situation. For example, Ботинки мне велики (The boots are too big for me).
  • The adjectives должен, готов, рад and some others are always used in the short form.

We use the long forms of adjectives in all the other cases.

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