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A question about using past tense in a strange way

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I wanted to know the story behind this: I think I've heard something like, Ну, что, приехали? on a Russian TV show, and it seemed like he was meaning "Well, are we going?"
I think I heard some other similar ways of using the past tense - am I right here, or did I just hear wrong? 


asked Jul 30, 2013 by bluewmelon (2,560 points)

1 Answer

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Dear Bluewmelon,

Nice question!

You have probably heard "Ну что, поехали?" in the meaning of "Well, are we going".

The verbs of motion "поехать", "пойти", "побежать", "полететь" and "поплыть" are often used in the Past Tense meaning the Present Tense in everyday speech.

For example, 

"Мы пошли" or "Мы поехали": "We are leaving" or "We are leaving (by means by transport)"
"Пошли" or "Поехали": "Let's go (on foot or by means of transport)".

By the way, Yuri Gagarin said "Поехали" when he went into space.

"Поплыли", "Побежали" and "Полетели" mean "let's go swimming, running and flying".


Yulia Amlinskaya,
Russian Language Teacher.

answered Jul 30, 2013 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)
edited Jul 30, 2013 by RussianTeacher