Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "you (plural)" in Russian

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вы

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Meaning: you (plural), you (formal singular)

Pronunciation: [vih]

Part of speech: pronoun ("вы" is plural but can be used as a singular polite form. It is commonly capitalized in formal writing when used as a polite address "Вы". See lesson on personal pronouns)

Rank: #25 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Вы понима́ете?
  • Do you understand? (polite or plural)
  • Где вы рабо́таете?
  • Where do you work? (polite or plural)
  • Благодарю́ вас.
  • Thank you. (polite or plural)
  • Неде́лю наза́д они́ бы́ли на "вы".
  • Last week they were on formal terms.
  • С незнако́мыми при́нято обраща́ться на "вы".
  • It is common practice to address strangers politely. (i.e. by using the "вы" form instead of "ты")
  • Огро́мное вам спаси́бо!
  • Thank you very much! (lit: Huge thanks to you!)
  • Вас подвезти́?
  • Would you like a ride?
  • Поздравля́ю вас с пра́здником!
  • Congratulations with the holiday! (lit: Congratulate you with holiday)
  • Всего́ вам са́мого до́брого!
  • I wish you all the best!
  • Я о́чень рад Вас ви́деть!
  • I'm very glad to see you! (formal, used by male)
  • Я о́чень ра́да Вас ви́деть!
  • I'm very glad to see you! (formal, used by female)
  • Как вас зову́т?
  • What is your name? (formal) (lit: How you called)
  • Что с ва́ми?
  • What is the matter with you? (formal)
  • Чем могу́ вам помо́чь?
  • How can I help you? (polite)
  • Что вам уго́дно?
  • What can I do for you? (lit: What you wish)
  • Де́лайте как вам уго́дно.
  • Do as you please.


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • быть на "вы" с кем-либо = to be on formal terms with smb.
  • говорить на "вы" = to speak formally
  • обращаться на "вы" = to address formally
 Related words:
  • ты = you (familiar singular), thou
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
CaseForm
Nominativeвы
Genitiveвас
Dativeвам
Accusativeвас
Instrumentalва́ми
Prepositionalвас
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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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