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See also: надо-



Etymology 1[edit]

From Old East Slavic надъ(nadŭ), надо(nado), from Proto-Slavic *nadъ


на́до (nádo) (+ instrumental case)

  1. (variant of над(nad) before words beginning with certain awkward consonant clusters such as мн-) above, over
    на́до мной‎ ― nádo mnojabove me

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old East Slavic надо(nado), надобѣ(nadobě), from Dative/Locative singular of надоба(nadoba), from Proto-Slavic *nadoba, from *na- +‎ *doba


на́до (nádo)

  1. (one) must, (it is) necessary
  2. need, want, have to
    Мне на́до уйти́.‎ ― Mne nádo ujtí. ― I have to leave.
    Так ему́ и на́до!‎ ― Tak jemú i nádo! ― Serves him right!
    на́до бы‎ ― nádo by ― (one) ought to

Usage notes[edit]

The word combination, не на́до, is used in combination with imperfective infinitive verbs. For example,

Не на́до печа́литься.‎ ― Ne nádo pečálitʹsja. ― There is no need to be sad.
Не на́до держа́ть отве́т.‎ ― Ne nádo deržátʹ otvét. ― There is no need to answer.
Не на́до бы́ло пуга́ть бе́лок.‎ ― Ne nádo býlo pugátʹ bélok. ― There is no need to scare the squirrels.