Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "general" 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: general, common

Pronunciation: [OHP-scheey]

Part of speech: adjective

Rank: #262 (see frequency list)

The general meeting is planned for tomorrow.
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 Example sentences:
  • О́бщее впечатле́ние у меня́ неплохо́е.
  • My general impression is not that bad.
  • Расскажи́те о прое́кте в о́бщих черта́х.
  • Tell me about your project in general terms.
  • На за́втра заплани́ровано о́бщее собра́ние.
  • The general meeting is planned for tomorrow.
  • Ми́ша - наш о́бщий знако́мый.
  • Misha is our mutual acquaintance.
  • О́бщими си́лами мы обустрóили двор.
  • We made the yard comfortable with joint forces.
  •  literal 
  • Мы с му́жем ника́к не мо́жем найти́ о́бщего языка́.
  • My husband and I just can't come to an understanding.
  •  literal  My husband and I just can't find a common language.
  • У вас с ма́мой одна́ о́бщая черта́ - упря́мство.
  • Your mum and you have a common trait, it's stubborness.
  • Опера́цию бу́дут де́лать под о́бщим нарко́зом.
  • The operation will be carried out under general anaesthesia.
  • В о́бщем, мы реши́ли пока́ рабо́ту отложи́ть.
  • In general, we decided to put off work.
  • По-мо́ему, они́ совсе́м не име́ют ничего́ о́бщего!
  • In my opinion, they just have nothing in common.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • о́бщее впечатле́ние = general impression
  • в о́бщих черта́х = in general terms, in outline
  • о́бщее образова́ние = general education
  • о́бщее собра́ние = general meeting
  • о́бщее мне́ние = general opinion
  • к о́бщему удивле́нию = to everyone's surprise
  • о́бщее бла́го = common good
  • о́бщее де́ло = common cause
  • о́бщий знако́мый = common acquaintance
  • о́бщими си́лами = with joint forces
  • о́бщими уси́лиями = by a joint effort
  • найти́ о́бщий язы́к = come to an understanding
      literal  to find a common language
  • име́ть о́бщие интере́сы = have interests in common
      literal  to have common interests
  • о́бщий враг = common enemy
  • о́бщий ребёнок = have a child together
      literal  common child
  • о́бщая су́мма = sum total
      literal  general sum
  • в о́бщем = in general
  • о́бщее ме́сто = common place
      literal  common place
  • в о́бщей сло́жности = in total
      literal  in common complexity
  • не име́ть ничего́ о́бщего = have nothing to do with
 Related words:
  • совме́стный = common
  • о́бщество = society

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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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