Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "otherwise" in Russian

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Meaning: otherwise, differently, or

Pronunciation: [ee-NAH-chee]

Part of speech: adverb

Rank: #567 (see frequency list)

The table was made differently than the others.
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 Example sentences:
  • Быстрée, инáче опоздáем.
  • Hurry up, or we'll be late.
  •  literal  Faster, otherwise we'll be late.
  • С отцóм он разговáривал инáче, чем с мáтерью.
  • He spoke with his father in a different manner than with his mother.
  • Стол был сдéлан инáче, чем други́е.
  • The table was made differently than the others.
  • Инáче говоря́, они́ óба не разгибáются.
  • To put it differently, both of them work really hard.
  •  literal  To say it differently, both of them don't unbend.
  • Ты не инáче как поумнéл!
  • You became cleverer, that's for sure!
  • Не спеши́, инáче ничегó не вы́йдет.
  • Don't hurry, or it'll just come to nothing!
  •  literal  Don't hurry, otherwise it'll just come to nothing!
  • Не ешь мучнóe, а инáче cнóва начнëшь толстéть.
  • Don't eat food with flour, otherwise you'll start to put on weight again.
  • А ведь в нáшей жи́зни всë моглó быть инáче...
  • And finally in our lives everything just could have been different.
  • Так и́ли инáче, они́ реши́ли уéхать из стрaны́.
  • They decided to emigrate anyway.
  • Так и́ли инáче, решéние принимáть тебé.
  • In any case, it's you who has to make the decision.
  • С таки́ми людьми́ инáче нельзя́.
  • One can't behave differently with this kind of people.
  •  literal  With these people it's impossible differently.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • так и́ли инáче = in any case
      literal  so or otherwise
  • не инáче как = no doubt, for sure
 Related words:
  • по-другóму = in a different way
  • в любóм слу́чае = in any case, anyway
  • инакомы́cлие = dissent
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Кри́во рак выступáет, да инáче не знáет.
  • It's better try doing something than just doing nothing.
  •  literal  The crawfish steps crookedly, but it can't do otherwise.

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
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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