Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "long ago" in Russian

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Meaning: long ago, a long time ago, for a long time, for long, long since, way back, lately

Pronunciation: [dahv-NOH]

Part of speech: adverb

Rank: #268 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я давно́ был в Санкт-Петербу́рге, в 1995 году́.
  • I was in St. Petersburg a long time ago ― in 1995.
  • Э́ту кварти́ру мы купи́ли давно́, когда́ це́ны на жильё ещё не́ были таки́ми высо́кими.
  • We’ve bought this flat a long time ago when the housing prices were not so high.
  • И́горь давно́ жени́лся и тепе́рь ведёт ти́хую семе́йную жизнь.
  • Igor married long ago and now leads a quiet family life.
  • Мы живём в Москве́ давно́, уже́ 10 лет.
  • We’ve been living in Moscow for a long time ― for 10 years already.
  • Я зна́ю Све́ту давно́, с ра́ннего де́тства.
  • I’ve known Sveta for a long time ― since early childhood.
  • Наш сын давно́ уже́ взро́слый и мо́жет сам принима́ть реше́ния.
  • Our son has been a grown up for a long time already and he can make decisions for himself.
  • Ты уже́ давно́ не писа́л сестре́. Она́ волну́ется.
  • You haven’t written your sister for a long time. She is worried.
  • Вы давно́ игра́ли в ша́хматы?
  • Have you played chess lately?
  • Мы так давно́ не ви́делись!
  • We haven’t seen each other for so long!
  • За́втра я начну́ иска́ть рабо́ту. ― Давно́ пора́!
  • Tomorrow I’ll start looking for work. – About time!

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • давно́ пора́ (+ infinitive) = it's high time (…)
  • давно́ пора́ = about time!
  • давно́ бы так = and high time (it is)
 Related words:
  • да́вний = old, ancient, long-standing
  • давны́м-давно́ = very long ago, long long ago, ages and ages ago, back in the day
  • давне́нько (col.) = for quite a (long) while
  • до́лго = long, (for) a long time
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Э́то бы́ло давно́ и непра́вда.
  • It was a long time ago, and it’s not true. (humorous saying)
  • Давно́, когда́ ещё ба́ба де́вкой была́.
  • A long long time ago.
  •  literal  Long ago, when a woman was still a girl.
  • Давно́, когда́ ещё ба́бушка вну́чкой была́.
  • A long long time ago.
  •  literal  Long ago, when a grandmother was still a granddaughter.
  • Давно́ – не причи́на (не оправда́ние).
  • An elephant never forgets.
  •  literal  For a long time (long ago) is not the reason (not the excuse).

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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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