Russian Negation

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Russian Negation

Learning the Russian Negation is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Russian language. But first we need to know what the role of Negation is in the structure of the grammar in Russian.

Russian negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy).

Grammar Tips:

In Russian, negation can be made simply by placing "No" before the main verb. But sometimes a double negative is required. "No" is the most common negative.

Я не могу этого сделать  (I can't do this). 

Они ничего не могут сделать (they can't do anything – Double Negative). 

Мне это не нравится (I don't like this).

Here are some examples:

English NegationRussian Negation
NegationОтрицание - Otricanie
he is not hereЕго здесь нет - Ego zdesionet
that is not my bookэто не моя книга - эto ne moia kniga
do not enterНе входить - Ne vhoditio

Notice the structure of the Negation in Russian.

List of Negation in Russian

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Russian placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Russian vocabulary.

English NegationRussian Negation
I don't speakЯ не говорю - IA ne govoriu
I don't writeЯ не пишу - IA ne pishu
I don't driveЯ не езжу - IA ne ezzu
I don't loveЯ не люблю - IA ne liubliu
I don't giveЯ не даю - IA ne daiu
I don't smileЯ не улыбаются - IA ne ulыbaiutsia
I don't takeЯ не принимаю - IA ne prinimaiu
he doesn't speakон не говорит - on ne govorit
he doesn't writeон не пишет - on ne pishet
he doesn't driveОн не ездит - On ne ezdit
he doesn't loveон не любит - on ne liubit
he doesn't giveон не дает - on ne daet
he doesn't smileОн не улыбается - On ne ulыbaetsia
he doesn't takeон не принимает - on ne prinimaet
we don't speakМы не говорим - Mы ne govorim
we don't writeмы не пишем - mы ne pishem
we don't driveМы не ездим - Mы ne ezdim
we don't loveмы не любим - mы ne liubim
we don't giveмы не даем - mы ne daem
we don't smileмы не улыбаются - mы ne ulыbaiutsia
we don't takeмы не берем - mы ne berem

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