нет

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Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old East Slavic нѣту (nětu), нѣтъ (nětŭ), contraction of *не ѥ ту (*ne je tu, [there] is not here). See не (ne, not), есть (jest’, is), тут (tut, here).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

нет (net)

  1. no
    ещё нет (ješčó nyet) — “not yet”

Verb[edit]

нет (net) (impersonal verb)

  1. there is no, there are no (+ genitive)
    Здесь нет доро́г. (Zdes’ net doróg.) — “There are no roads here.”
    У меня́ нет книг. (U menjá net knig.) — “I have no books.” (literally, “There are no books with me.”)
    Его́ нет. (Jevó net.) — “He’s not here.” (literally, “There is no him [here].”)

Usage notes[edit]

The past tense of нет (net) is не было (né bylo), and the future tense is не будет (ne búdet).

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • нет” in Max Vasmer (1986), Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkogo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language], in 4 vols (second edition), Moscow: Progress — Translated from German and supplemented by O. N. Trubačóv