Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "or" in Russian

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Meaning: or

Pronunciation: [EE-lee]

Part of speech: conjunction

Rank: #54 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Быть или не быть...
  • To be or not to be...
  • Вам это нравится или нет?
  • Do you like it or not? (formal or plural)
  • Я позвоню вам сегодня или завтра.
  • I'll call you today or tomorrow. (formal or plural)
  • Всё и́ли ничего́.
  • All or nothing.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • или ... или = either ... or
  • или же = or else
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Пан или пропал.
  • It's win all, or lose all.
  • Всё или ничего.
  • All or nothing.
  • Кошелёк или жизнь!
  • Your money or your life!
  • О мёртвых -- или хорошо, или ничего.
  • Say nothing but good about the dead.
  •  literal  About dead -- either good or nothing.
  • Победить или умереть.
  • Either to conquer or to die.
  • Теперь или никогда.
  • Now or never.
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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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