how to pronounce есть


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the above transcription of есть is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

есть is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of есть in a speech by a native speaker of standard russian:

“… и мы и антитела еще есть но их мало то …”

meanings of есть


  1. Present indicative.
  2. Am/is/are located (at) (usually omitted).
  3. There is, there are, exists/exist (expresses availability, existence or presence).
  4. Am, is, are (used with any person or thing in any number, usually omitted but used for emphasis).
  5. First/second/third-person singular/plural present indicative imperfective.
  6. To eat.
  7. Used to express possession.


  1. Aye-aye!.
  2. Yes!, hooray!.
  3. Yessir!.
  4. Okay, right, roger.

есть frequency in russian - A1 level of CEFR

the word есть occurs in russian on average 1825.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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