Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "not, -n't" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: not, -n't, no, without

Pronunciation: [nʲeh]

Part of speech: particle (this word doesn't change form)

Rank: #3 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я не знаю.
  • I don't know.
  • Это не правда.
  • That's not true.
  •  literal  This not truth.
  • Мне от этого не легче.
  • That doesn’t make it any easier for me.
  • Чемодан не тяжелый, а лёгкий.
  • The suitcase is not heavy but light.
  • Это ты разбил вазу? Нет, не я!
  • Was it you who broke the vase? No, not me!
  • Хочешь не хочешь, а придётся заплатить.
  • Whether you like it or not, you’ll have to pay.
  • Какой русский не любит быстрой езды?
  • What Russian doesn't like a fast ride? (Nikolai Gogol)
  • Это не шутка.
  • This is not a joke.
  • У него не было времени.
  • He didn't have time.
  • Книга оказалась не такой, как я думал.
  • The book turned out to be not what I thought it was.
  • Вас совсем не узнать!
  • One would barely recognize you!
  • Он не мог не улыбнуться.
  • He couldn't help smiling.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • не к чему = there is no need
  • Не за что! = Don't mention it! (response to gratitude)
  • не раз = time and again
  • не по себе = ill at ease, feeling uneasy
  • тем не менее = nevertheless
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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