Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "nothing" in Russian

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Meaning: nothing, not a thing, (not) anything

Pronunciation: [neesh-TOH]

Part of speech: pronoun (unlike in English, double negation is allowed and very common in Russian)

Rank: #84 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Ничто́ не пропада́ет без следа́.
  • Nothing disappears without a trace.
  • Мне никто́ и ничто́ не меша́ет твори́ть.
  • Not a single person or a thing prevents me from creating. (lit: nobody and nothing)
  • Он ничего не видел.
  • He didn't see anything.
  • Эти котята ничем не отличаются друг от друга.
  • These kittens are no different from each other.
  • Никто ничего не знал.
  • Nobody knew anything.
  • В нём ничего особенного нет.
  • There is nothing special about him.
  • Это ничего не значит.
  • It does not mean anything.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • Ничего! = It's all right!; No harm done!
  • Ничего подобного! = Nothing of the kind!
  • ничего не стоящий = worthless
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Ничто не ново под луной.
  • There is nothing new under the sun.
  • Ничто не вечно под луной.
  • Morning sun never lasts a day.
  • Все меняется, ничто не исчезает.
  • Nothing disappears, only changes.
  • Не ошибается тот, кто ничего не делает.
  • He who makes no mistakes makes nothing.
  • Нет ничего невозможного.
  • Nothing is impossible.
  • Ничего святого.
  • Nothing is sacred for you.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Prepositionalни о чём
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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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