Frequently used verbs: stable stress

In the case of verbs marked "perfective only", this stress pattern applies only to the perfective. In the imperfective there is a stress shift.

Type 1

Verbs in which the stress is stable throughout all forms and can be deduced from the infinitive.

Where the perfective is formed by addition of a prefix, this form is given in brackets as the stress remains the same.





залиша́ти(ся)leave behind (stay, remain)


відбува́тисяtake place

сподіва́тисяexpect, hope

намага́тисяtry, attempt

вимага́тиdemand, require

трива́ти (протрива́ти)last

гра́ти (загра́ти)play

відповіда́тиreply, be responsible

розповіда́тиtell, narrate

назива́ти(ся)name (be called)

займа́тисяbe involved in, do

прийма́тиreceive, accept

збира́ти(ся)collect, assemble, intend to

означа́тиmean, signify

кінча́ти (colloquial) end, finish (see also закі́нчувати, verb type 3)

чека́ти (почека́ти)wait

виступа́тиperform, appear in public (as with a speech)

вигляда́тиappear, have the appearance of

чита́ти (прочита́ти)read

співа́ти (заспіва́ти)sing

шука́ти (пошука́ти)look for, search

допомага́тиhelp, assist

трима́ти (потрима́ти)hold, keep

міня́ти (поміня́ти)change, vary

пам’ята́ти (запам’ята́ти)remember

бува́тиbe, visit (regularly or frequently)

чу́ти (почу́ти)hear

смія́тися (посмія́тися)laugh

отри́мати(perfective only) receive

повідо́мити (повідо́млю)(perfective only) inform

провести́(perfective only) conduct, organise (see also вести́, verb type 5)

підтри́мати(perfective only) support

ста́ти(perfective only) stop; stand; become

ста́тися(perfective only) happen, occur

нагада́ти(perfective only) remind

ви́конати(perfective only) carry out, perform

шука́ти (пошука́ти)look for, search

дозво́лити(perfective only) allow, permit

ви́словитиexpress (in words)

зали́ши́тися(perfective only, alternative stress) remain, stay (behind)

Type 2

Verbs in which the stem ends in a vowel, the stress falls on a syllable before the penultimate syllable and is stable throughout all forms; can be deduced from the infinitive.

ду́мати (поду́мати)think

сні́дати (посні́дати)have breakfast

обі́дати (пообі́дати)have lunch

вече́ряти (повече́ряти)have one’s evening meal, dine

ме́шкатиreside, live

Type 3

As Type 2. Stable stress, but differing only in the fact that the -ва is dropped in the present.

Also listed below are perfective infinitives of verbs where the stress remains stable.

отри́мувати отри́мую; отри́матиreceive

оде́ржувати оде́ржую; оде́ржатиreceive

підтри́мувати підтри́мую; підтри́матиsupport

нага́дувати нага́дуюremind (someone of something)

поя́снювати поя́снююexplain

вико́нувати вико́нуюperform, carry out

продо́вжувати продо́вжую; продо́вжитиcontinue

про́бувати (спро́бувати) про́буюtry, attempt; taste (food)

висло́влювати висло́влююexpress, put into words

ство́рювати ство́рююcreate

закі́нчуватиend, finish

підви́щуватиincrease, raise

розши́рюватиbroaden, expand, extend

вирі́шуватиdecide, resolve

об’є́днуватиunite, combine (someone, something)

пока́зуватиshow, demonstrate

N.B. In some other verbs having -ва before the ending, e.g. працюва́ти працю́ю, the stress shifts to the previous syllable in the present (when the -ва is dropped).

Type 4

Verbs with a stem ending in a consonant, in which the stress falls on a syllable before the ‑ати / ‑ити / ‑ути ending, is stable throughout all forms and can be deduced from the infinitive.


знахо́дитися*find oneself, be located

пла́кати (запла́кати) пла́чуcry

ї́хати (пої́хати) ї́дуgo by transport, travel (in one direction)

ста́вити (поста́вити) ста́влюplace, put

ста́витися ста́влюсяhave or show a stance or attitude to something or someone

нале́жати нале́жуbelong

зна́чити зна́читьmean, signify

ві́рити (пові́рити)believe

си́пати (поси́пати) си́плюpour (usually non-liquids), strew, scatter

ти́снути (нати́снути)press, put pressure on; click (as with a computer mouse)

ї́хатиtravel (unidirectional)

* The verb знахо́дити(ся) and others are conjugated like ходи́ти but have a fully stable stress pattern, unlike ходи́ти, which has end stress in the 1st person singular only (ходжу́).

Type 5

An important small group of verbs (marked by their stems in «е») with stable end stress (imperfective future stress is derived from the infinitive).

вести́ веду́ вела́lead (accompany)

везти́ везу́ везла́transport, convey (by transport)

провести́(perfective only) conduct, organise; spend, pass (time, holiday)

пекти́ (спекти́) печу́ пече́шbake; scorch; blaze (e.g. of sun)

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