нельзя

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Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *ne-lьga. The second part, lьga is cognate to Russian лёгкий (lëgkij).

Pronunciation[edit]

Predicative[edit]

нельзя́ (nelʹzjá) (impersonal, invariable)

  1. impossible (perfective aspect), it is impossible, one cannot, you can’t
    • нельзя́ ему́ + perfective infinitiveit is "impossible" for him to (perfective infinitive)
  2. prohibited, forbidden, not allowed, one must not

Usage notes[edit]

Нельзя is the negative of можно. Do not say "не можно"...always use нельзя instead.

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