Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "neither" 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.

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Meaning: neither, not a, not any

Pronunciation: [nee]

Part of speech: conjunction, particle

Rank: #60 (see frequency list)



Does he really have no money at all?
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 Example sentences:
  • Я не нашëл в рабóте ни однóй оши́бки!
  • I have not found any mistakes in the paper.
  • У негó что, прáвда нет ни копéйки?
  • Does he really have no money at all?
  •  literal  Does ha really have not a [single] kopeck?
  • У Кáти нет ни мину́ты свобóдного врéмени.
  • Katia does not have any free time at all.
  •  literal  Katia does not have a minute of free time.
  • Мы не ви́дели ни егó, ни еë.
  • We saw neither him nor her.
  • Ни тогó, ни другóго нé было на собрáнии.
  • Neither of the two were present at the meeting.
  • Ты что, э́то так интерécно, я не пропусти́л ни одногó урóка!
  • I can't agree with you, it is really interesting, I have not missed a single lesson!
  • Кудá бы он ни пошëл, вездé встречáл Пáвла.
  • Wherever he went, he met Pavel everywhere.
  • Как ни старáйся, ничегó не вы́йдет.
  • No matter how hard you try, nothing will come out of it.
  • Скóлько бы ты ни рабóтал, всë равнó мнóго не зарабóтаешь.
  • No matter how hard you work, you will not earn a lot anyway.
  • Он не нашëл информáции о вы́борах ни в какóй газéте.
  • He did not find the information about the elections in any newspaper.
  • Подожди́, я eщë ни с кем не разговáривал.
  • Wait, I have not spoken to anybody yet.
  • Бинтá ни у когó нет?
  • Does anybody have a bandage?
  • Не сомневáйся ни в чëм!
  • Do not doubt about anything!
  • Ни у когó из них нет óпыта рабóты.
  • None of them has a job experience.
  • Я покá ни в когó не влюби́лся.
  • I am not in love with anyone yet.


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • Ни за ни прóтив = Neither for nor against
  • Ни шáгу дáльше = Not a step further!
  • Нет ни души́ = Not a soul
  • Ни слóва бóльше = Not another word!
  • Всë э́то ни к чему́ = It is all to no good
  • Ни на что не годи́тся = Is good for nothing
  • Ни на чтó не променя́ет = He will not exchange it for anything
  • Ни с чем = With nothing, without anything
  • Ни колá, ни дворá = No place to go
      literal  No picket and no yard
  • Нет ни копéйки = To be penniless
      literal  Not a copeck
  • Ни еди́ного слóва = Not a single word
  • Ни грошá в кармáне = To be penniless
      literal  Not a penny in the pocket
  • Ни чертá = Not a damn thing
      literal  Not a devil
  • Ни уму́ ни сéрдцу = It is no good either for mind or for heart
  • Ни жив ни мëртв от стрáха = Frightened out of his wits
      literal  Not alive neither dead of fear
  • В нéбе ни óблачка = There is not a single cloud in the sky
  • Ни ры́ба ни мя́со = Neither fish, nor fowl
      literal  Neither fish not meat
  • Ни то ни сë = Neither one thing nor the other
  • Ни в грош не стáвить = Not give a damn (for)
      literal  Not give a half-copeck coin for
 Related words:
  • никтó = nobody
  • ничегó = nothing
  • никудá = nowhere (direction)
  • нигде = nowhere (place)
  • никакóй = no, none
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Нé было ни грошá, а вдруг алты́н.
  • Yesterday a pauper, today a king
  •  literal  I had a half-kopeck coin and suddenly I got a three-kopeck piece.
  • Кудá ни кинь, вездé клин.
  • Every avenue comes up a dead end.
  •  literal  Wherever you look, there is a wedge.
  • На послóвицу ни судá, ни распрáвы.
  • For a proverb, no justice and no reprisal.

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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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