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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.
  2. as it were
    Небо бы́ло бело, словно в пурге.
    Nebo býlo belo, slovno v purge.
    The sky was white, as it were in a snowstorm.


сло́вно ‎(slóvno)

  1. it seems (that), it looks like (for expressing conditional, imaginary, or apparent things or action)
    Мне словно я ви́дел единорога, кото́рый летал на небе.
    Mne slovno ja vídel jedinoroga, kotóryj 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 ‎(by) is already implied. Hence словно бы ‎(slovno by) is the same as словно.
  • Due to the invisible бы ‎(by) 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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