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Also, I recommend you check out this post on the Present Tense

About The Past Tense

The past tense is pretty easy in Ukrainian. There are only two things you need to take into account.

  • What gender is the person/object?
  • Is the (pro)noun singular/plural?

Example - Мати - To have

  • In the singular - The verb must agree with the (pro)nouns gender

I had -

Said By A Man - Я мав Said By A Woman - Я мала

You had (inf./sg.) -

If you're a male - Ти мав If you're a female - Ти мала

He had

Він мав

She had -

Вона мала

It had -

Воно мало

  • In the plural, the verb only has one form

We had -

Ми мали

You had (f./pl.) -

Ви мали

They had -

Вони мали

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September 27, 2016

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I have a question about this part:

You had (inf./sg.) - If you're a male - Ти мав If you're a female - Ти мала

Does this mean "if you are a make who is speaking, then use the Ти мав, or if the person you are referring to as "you" is male then use the Ти мав?

If I, as a female, say to my son "You have a ball," would I use Ти мав or Ти мала?

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