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Are you ill?

Let’s talk about the Russian verb болеть which has two meanings.

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Depending on its meaning, this verb has 2 sets of forms in the present tense.

When it means “to hurt” it has only 2 forms in present: болит/болят

  • Example: У меня болит зуб = I have a toothache (my tooth hurts)

When this verb means “to be ill” it has all the forms for all the pronouns: болею, болеешь, болеет, болеем, болеете, болеют.

  • Зимой я часто болею гриппом: in winter I’m often ill with the flu

*Pay attention, that after болею we use the instrumental case to say what we are ill with.

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