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под-, подо- (pod-, podo-)

  1. (used with verbs) closer
  2. (used with verbs) under
  3. place names

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the meaning of closer, only use под- when the subject is in the sight range of the object of interest, and then moves even closer towards it.
Я подошла к памятнику.
I walked up to the statue. (I already was in the same room or space with it, and then walked closer to it.)
Я пришла к памятнику.
I arrived at the statue. (I came to the statue from somewhere further.)