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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *ne + *este, second-person plural present tense form of *byti. This formation later created *ne jesmъ in the South Slavic vernaculars, which merged to become něste (attested in the 14th century). Because of the yat reflex, něste became rendered as несте in Ekavian speeches.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /něːste/
  • Hyphenation: не‧сте

VerbEdit

не́сте (Latin spelling néste)

  1. (regional, chiefly Serbia) negative second-person plural present of бити

ReferencesEdit

  • Pero Budmani, editor (1892-1897), “jesam”, in Rječnik hrvatskoga ili srpskoga jezika (in Serbo-Croatian), volume 4, Zagreb: JAZU, page 606