Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "no" 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: no, not, but, there is no, there are no

Pronunciation: [nyeht]

Part of speech: negation

Rank: #58 (see frequency list)

I entered the Moscow State University but he didn't.
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 Example sentences:
  • Он там? Нет!
  • Is he there. No (he isn't)!
  • Ты был в Красноя́рске? Нет, нé был.
  • Have you been to Krasnoyarsk? No, I haven't.
  • Сади́тесь, пожáлуйста. Нет, нет, спасибо!
  • Please, sit down. Oh no, no, thanks!
  • Самолëт прилетáeт чéрез час, нет, чéрез пятьдесят минут.
  • The plane will arrive an hour, actually no, in fifty minutes.
  • Я ду́мала: позвони́т он мне и́ли нет.
  • I was thinking if he'd call me or not.
  • Тепéрь ты чу́вствуешь себя́ лу́чше? Нет, горáздо ху́же!
  • Are you feeling better now? Now, much worse.
  • Нет, ты посмотри́, что он надéлал!
  • But look what he has done!
  • Ты уже хорошó говори́шь по-ру́сски? Ещë нет.
  • Do you speak Russian well already? Not yet.
  • Я поступи́ла в МГУ, а он нет.
  • I entered the Moscow State University, but he didn't.
  • У нас нет фéна.
  • We have no hairdryer.
  • В дóме нет свéта.
  • There's no light in the house.
  • У негó совсéм нет свобóдного врéмени: он мнóго рабóтает.
  • He's no free time at all, he works a lot.
  • Мóжно Дáшу? Еë нет дóма.
  • Could I speak to Dasha, please? She's not here.
  • Я стучáл мину́т пятнáдцать: там никогó нет.
  • I've been knocking for fifteen minutes, there's nobody there.
  • Нет áтомной энéргии!
  • Say no to nuclear power!
  •  literal  No to nuclear power!

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • совсéм нет = not at all
  • вóвсе нет = not at all
  • своди́ться на нeт = come to nothing
  • a тó нет! = no doubt about it!
  • нет сомнéния = no doubt
  • нет ничегó удивнет ничего удиви́тельного (в том), что = it's no wonder that
  • нет ничегó лу́чше = there's nothing better
  • нет ничегó ху́же = there's nothing worse
  • чегó тóлько нет = there's plenty of things
  • лицá на нëм нет = he looks tired
  • э́тому цены́ нет = it's priceless
  • нет числá = great number of something
  • почему́ нет? = why not?
 Related words:
  • не = no
  • нéту = there is no; there are no (colloquial speech)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Нет ху́да без добрá.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
  •  literal  There's no bad without good.
  • На нет и судá нет.
  • It's no use crying for the moon.
  •  literal  If something is absent, there's no blame.
  • Нет ды́ма без огня́.
  • There's no smoke without fire.

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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