Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "really" 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: really, perhaps, unless

Pronunciation: [RAHZ-veh]

Part of speech: particle

Rank: #424 (see frequency list)

You can not shout like that!
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 Example sentences:
  • Рáзве он уéхал из Ташкéнта?
  • Did he really leave Tashkent?
  • Cáша был на прáзднике. Рáзве?
  • Sasha was at the party. Really?
  • Рáзве ты не знáешь Иванóвых?
  • Don't you know the Ivanovs?
  • Рáзве прóшлой зимóй бы́ло хóлодно?
  • Was it really cold last winter?
  • Рáзве мóжно так кричáть!
  • You can not shout like that!
  •  literal  Is it really possible to shout like that!
  • Рáзве ему́ ну́жно пересдавáть экзáмены?
  • Does he really need to retake the exams?
  • Тут ужé вы́хода нет, рáзве тóлько брócить рабóту.
  • There is no way out here, only to leave the job.
  • Я не люблю́ росси́йских режиссëров, рáзве что Таркóвского.
  • I don't like Russian directors, except Tarkovski.
  • Он непремéнно всë в срок закóнчит, рáзве что заболéeт.
  • He will certainly finish everything in time, unless he falls ill.
  • Рáзве мне пойти́ к дóктору?
  • Perhaps I should go to the doctor?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • рáзве тóлько = only
  • рáзве что = except
  • рáзве мóжно = it is not allowed
      literal  really possible
 Related words:
  • неужéли = really
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Не будь петухá, рáзве у́тро настáнет?
  • There is no morning without a сock.
  •  literal  If there was no cock, would the morning really come?

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

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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