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Are we solving a math problem? Building a programming language? No, just having fun with Russian verbs.
Russian verbs could easily be the most-complained-about aspect of learning the language. Think about having six different forms of each verb in past, present, and future tenses. The good news is that once you figure out Russian conjunction pattern you will be able to use the verbs correctly.
Another good news is that Russian does not have a complicated verb tense system like English. There are only three tenses: Past, Present, and Future. That said, you will have to pay a thorough attention to Russian verbs of motion. It is not just “go” but also “carry”, “come”, “fly”, “swim”, “regularly go”, “go and come back”, “go around to several places” and many more.
Another topic you will have to spend time on is verb aspect, which could be “perfective” or “imperfective.” Imperfective aspect is used for repeated or habitual actions or to indicate a single action in progress and therefore incomplete. E.g. “I work every day.” Perfective aspect is used for a single, completed action in the past or in the future. E.g. “I have finished this book.”
After teaching Russian for many years, I noticed that sometimes it’s worth to learn basic verbs by heart, then study the patterns of conjugation, and then just tackle perfective/imperfective verbs in pairs. Once you understand the conjugation patterns, you can get away with just learning the infinitives without breaking it all the way down to each conjugation for each aspect of the verb.