Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "simply" in Russian

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Meaning: simply, plainly, just, easily

Pronunciation: [PROHS-tuh]

Part of speech: adverb

Rank: #123 (see frequency list)

The cake is simply delicious!
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 Example sentences:
  • Это о́чень про́сто.
  • It's very simple.
  • Ему́ бы́ло про́сто бро́сить кури́ть.
  • It was easy for him to quit smoking.
  • Торт - про́сто объеде́ние!
  • The cake is simply delicious!
  •  literal  The cake is simply overeating!
  • Ка́тя про́сто ничего́ не сказа́ла.
  • Katya simply didn't say anything.
  • На́до не про́сто говори́ть, а де́йствовать.
  • One must not merely talk but act.
  •  literal  It's needed not simply to talk but to act.
  • Ему́ про́сто ве́село.
  • He's just enjoying myself.
  •  literal  To him it's simply merrily.
  • Про́сто я не зна́ю, о чём с ней говори́ть.
  • I just don't know what to talk to her about.
  • Ава́рии так про́сто не происхо́дят.
  • Accidents don't occur for no reason.
  •  literal  Accidents don't occur simply so.
  • Я про́сто не могу́ жить без тебя́.
  • I simply can't live without you. (familiar)
  • Это не про́сто намёк.
  • That's not just a hint.
  • Про́сто я хочу́ убеди́ться в э́том.
  • I just want to make sure about that.
  • У него́ про́сто не́ было слов.
  • He simply didn't have anything to say.
  •  literal  At him there were simply no words.
  • Я про́сто обя́зан позвони́ть ей.
  • I am simply obliged to call her.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • про́сто так = quite ordinarily; for no special reason
      literal  simply so
  • э́то про́сто объеде́ние = this is simply delicious
      literal  this is simply overeating
  • Тебе́ про́сто говори́ть! = That's easy for you to say!
 Related words:
  • легко́ = easy, simply
  • просто́й = simple (adjective)
  • простота́ = simplicity
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • А ла́рчик про́сто открыва́лся.
  • The solution was quite simple.
  •  literal  The casket was easy to open.
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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Meaning: (pron) what, which, that, anything, (conjunction) that, (adverb) why
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