Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "former" in Russian

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прежний

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Meaning: former, ex-

Pronunciation: [PRYEHZH-niy]

Part of speech: adjective

Rank: #577 (see frequency list)



People were completely different in former times.
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 Example sentences:
  • В прéжние временá лю́ди бы́ли совсéм други́е.
  • People were completely different in former times.
  • Мой прéжний начáльник был óчень стрóгим.
  • My ex-boss was very strict.
  • Нóвый ромáн горáздо лу́чше прéжних.
  • The new novel is much better than the former ones.
  • Ветерáны лю́бят вспоминáть свою́ прéжнюю слáву.
  • The veterans like to remember their former glory.
  • Комáнде удалócь вы́йти на прéжний у́ровень.
  • The team managed to achieve the former level.
  •  literal  The team managed to go out to the former level.
  • На дáнный момéнт сохраня́ется прéжний поря́док приëма в граждáнство.
  • At the moment the former procedure of citizenship admission is still in force.
  •  literal  At the moment the former procedure of citizenship admission is preserved.
  • Ну́жно дéйствовать с учëтом прéжних оши́бок.
  • One has to act taking into account one's former mistakes.
  •  literal  It's necessary to act taking into account one's former mistakes.
  • Инфля́ция растëт, а зарплáты остаю́тся прéжними.
  • The inflation is growing, and the salaries are still at the same level.
  •  literal  The inflation is growing, and the salaries remain the former ones.
  • Онá вы́сказалась в своéй прéжней манéре.
  • She said it in the way she used to do it.
  •  literal  She said it in the former manner.
  • На э́тих вы́борах россия́не голосу́ют акти́внее, чем на прéжних.
  • Russian citizens vote more actively in these elections as compared to the former ones.


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • в прéжнее врéмя = in the old days
      literal  in former times
  • прéжняя суди́мость = previous conviction
  • прéжнее = the past
 Related words:
  • по-прéжнему = still, as earlier
  • прóшлый = past, ex-
  • предыду́щий = previous
  • былóй = former

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

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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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