Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "case" 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: case, event, accident, occasion, chance, opportunity

Pronunciation: [SLOO-chiy]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #168 (see frequency list)

Flu cases have become more frequent.
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 Example sentences:
  • Это óчень стрáнный слу́чай.
  • It's a very strange case.
  • На дорóге с ним произошëл несчácтный слу́чай.
  • He had an accident on the road.
  • Как вы поступáете в таки́х слу́чаях?
  • What do you do in these cases?
  • Слу́чаи заболевáния гри́ппом участи́лись.
  • Flu cases have become more frequent.
  • В лу́чшем слу́чае он позвони́т нам по телефóну.
  • At the best he'll just call us on the phone.
  • У меня́ ещë нé было удóбного слу́чая, чтóбы предупреди́ть егó.
  • I haven't had an opportunity to warn him.
  • В слу́чае возникновéния серьëзных проблéм, срóчно звони́те в мили́цию.
  • In case of serious problems, immediately call the militia.
  • В ресторáне был огрóмный прáздник по слу́чаю юбилéя извécтной актри́сы.
  • There was a huge party in the restaurant on the occasion of the anniversary of a famous actress.
  • Он слу́чаем не шпиóн?
  • Isn't he a spy by chance?
  • Во вся́ком слу́чае, ме неплóхо отдохну́ли.
  • At any rate, we had a nice holiday.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • в подóбном слу́чае = in a case like that
  • в нéкоторых слу́чаях = in certain cases
  • в отдéльных слу́чаях = sometimes
  • не тот слу́чай = (it's) a different case
  • тяжёлый слу́чай = a difficult case
  • упусти́ть (удóбный) слу́чай = miss the opportunity, lose the chance
  • при слу́чаe = when an opportunity presents itself
  • при всяком удóбном слу́чаe = whenever an opportunity presents itself
  • ждать удóбного слу́чая = bide one's time
      literal  wait for a convenient ocasion
  • в слу́чаe, éсли = if; in the event if
  • в такóм слу́чаe = if so
      literal  in that case
  • ни в кóем слу́чаe = on no account, by no means
  • в проти́вном слу́чаe = otherwise
  • в лу́чшем (ху́дшем) слу́чаe = at the best (worst)
  • в слу́чаe необходи́мости = in case of need
  • на вся́кий слу́чай = just in case
  • во вся́ком слу́чаe = anyway
  • на слу́чай = in case of
  • по слу́чаю = on the occasion of
  • от слу́чая к слу́чаю = occasionally
 Related words:
  • дéло = case
  • cобы́тие = event
  • происшécтвие = accident
  • случáйный = accidental, casual, random
  • cлучáться = happen, occur
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Всем прáвит слу́чай.
  • Chance governs all.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
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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