словно

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Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

сло́вно (slóvno)

  1. like, as if
Деревья крепкие, словно саманы затвердели под горячей солнцем.
Derevʹja krepkije, slovno samany zatverdeli pod gorjačej solncem.
The trees are sturdy, like adobes hardened under the hot sun.
  1. as it were
Небо было бело, словно в пурге.
Nebo bylo belo, slovno v purge.
The sky was white, as it were in a snowstorm.

Particle[edit]

сло́вно (slóvno)

  1. it seems (that), it looks like (for expressing conditional, imaginary, or apparent things or action)
Мне словно я видел единорога, который летал на небе.
Mne slovno ja videl jedinoroga, kotoryj letal na nebe.
It looks like to me that I'm seeing a unicorn that is flying in the sky.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The meaning of бы is already implied. Hence словно бы is the same as словно.
  • Due to the invisible бы in the conjunction and particle словно, the finite verb in either of the usages must have a finite verb that is a past tense.

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