< Language Generator 12—Love, Dislike, and Hate

Language Generator 12—Love, Dislike, and Hate

In Russian you can use the verb “любить” to say that you love or like something or someone. You can negate it to say you dislike. To express a stronger feeling there is “ненавидеть” which means “to hate”. The English like verses love distinction (as in “Do you like him or do you love him?”) has no direct equivalent in Russian.

Subject and Verb


Direct Object


Я (не)1 люблю́

I love (not)


When the direct object is a person or a concrete thing, use the accusative case.

Мы (не)1 лю́бим

We love (not)


Ты (не)1 лю́бишь

Thou lovest (not)


Вы (не)1 лю́бите

You love (not)


Он/Она/Оно (не)1 лю́бит

He/She/It loves (not)


Они (не)1 лю́бят

They love (not)


Он (не)1 люби́л

He loved (not)


Она (не)1 люби́лаShe loved (not)


Оно (не)1 люби́ло

It loved (not)


Они (не)1 люби́ли

They loved (not)


Лю́бишь ли2 ты

Doest thou love


Use the genitive case for abstract direct objects of negated verbs.

Лю́бите ли2 вы

Do you love

э́ту войну́/э́той войны́1

Я ненави́жу

I hate


Мы ненави́дим

We hate


To say how someone feels about an activity use a verb in the infinitive.

This verb can have direct and indirect objects. Adverbs and prepositional phrases can describe its action.

The only part of a complete sentence it cannot have is a subject.

Ты ненави́дишь

Thou hatest

чита́ть Би́блию

Вы ненави́дите

You hate


Он/Она/Оно ненави́дит

He/She/It hates

изуча́ть Би́блию

Они ненави́дят

They hate


Ненави́дишь ли2 ты

Doest thou hate

разгова́ривать с людьми́

Ненави́дите ли2 вы

Do you hate


помога́ть други́м


1Use the optional “не” to say “to love not” which means “to dislike”. If the direct object is an abstract noun, it is frequently put in the genitive case rather than the usual accusative.

2The particle “ли” is used mainly in written Russian to indicate a question. In spoken Russian question inflection usually suffices. Beginners can use the written form when speaking until they learn the inflection.

Word order is flexible. For example, the thing loved or hated can be placed between the subject and verb:

Я вопро́сов не люблю́.I dislike questions.

With proper inflexion the statements made with this generator can be turned into questions. You can choose to start with either a positive or a negative statement in order to indicate which answer you are expecting:

Вы люби́те дете́й?You like children, don't you?
Вы не люби́те дете́й?You don't like children, do you?