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Old Church SlavonicEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognates include Old Norse kvelja, Old English cwellan, Old High German quellan, Old Armenian կեղ(keł, sore, ulcer).

NounEdit

жаль (žalĭf

  1. grave

RussianEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Adverbial form made from жа́лость(žálostʹ).

PredicativeEdit

жаль (žalʹ) (invariable, impersonal form)

  1. it's a pity
  2. (with the subject in the dative) pities, is sorry
    Ему́ жаль её.‎ ― Jemú žalʹ jejó.He pities her.
    Мне жаль смотре́ть на неё.‎ ― Mne žalʹ smotrétʹ na nejó.It grieves me to look at her.
    Ему́ жаль куска́ хле́ба.‎ ― Jemú žalʹ kuská xléba.He begrudges a crust of bread.
    о́чень жаль.‎ ― óčenʹ žalʹ.more's the pity.
    как жаль!‎ ― kak žalʹ!what a pity!

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

жаль (žalʹ)

  1. second-person singular imperative imperfective of жа́лить(žálitʹ, bite, sting)

UkrainianEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

жаль (žalʹm inan (genitive жа́лю, nominative plural жалі́)

  1. regret, grief, sorrow, pity

DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Bilodid I. K., editor (1970–1980), “жаль”, in Slovnyk ukrajinsʹkoji movy, Kiev: Naukova Dumka