Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "the very" in Russian

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самый

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Meaning: the very, most, the same

Pronunciation: [SAH-miy]

Part of speech: pronoun

Rank: #59 (see frequency list)



Red Square is the most famous city square in Moscow.
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 Example sentences:
  • Это произошло́ в са́мом нача́ле го́да.
  • This happened in the very beginning of the year.
  • Авто́бус останови́лся во́зле са́мого па́рка.
  • The bus stopped just next to the park.
  • Андре́й не спал до са́мого утра́.
  • Andrey didn't sleep until the very morning.
  • Я прочита́л кни́гу до са́мого конца́.
  • I've read the book right to the end.
  • Обе маши́ны бы́ли про́даны в то же са́мое вре́мя.
  • Both cars were sold at the same time.
  • Москва́ – са́мый большо́й го́род в Росси́и.
  • Moscow is the biggest city in Russia.
  •  literal  Moscow – the most big city in Russia.
  • Он – са́мый ста́рший брат.
  • He is the oldest brother.
  • День Побе́ды – са́мый гла́вный пра́здник в на́шей стране́.
  • Victory Day is the number one holiday in our country.
  • Кра́сная пло́щадь – са́мая изве́стная пло́щадь в Москве́.
  • Red Square is the most famous city square in Moscow.


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • то же самое = same
  • самое большее = at most
  • не совсем то же самое = not exactly the same
  • самое большее = at most
  • самый главный = number one, top, foremost
  • самая высокая цена = top price
  • в самом деле = indeed
  • на самом деле = as a matter of fact
  • Сейчас самое время. = Now is as good a time as any.
  • в самый раз = in the nick of time; perfectly suitable
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
case
singular
plural
masculine
neuter
feminine
Nominative
са́мый
са́мое
са́мая
са́мые
Genitive
са́мого
са́мого
са́мой
са́мых
Dative
са́мому
са́мому
са́мой
са́мым
Accusative
(anim/inanim)
са́мого /
са́мый
са́мое
са́мую
са́мых/
са́мые
Instrumental
са́мым
са́мым
са́мой (са́мою)
са́мыми
Prepositional
са́мом
са́мом
са́мой
са́мых
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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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