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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *ne + *sǫtь, first-person plural present tense form of *byti. This formation was kept in Old Church Slavonic as не сѫтъ (ne sǫtŭ) (see бꙑти (byti)). However, in other South Slavic vernaculars, this form irregularly later created něsu (attested in 1334), probably influenced by něsam (see nisam). Because of the yat reflex, něsu became rendered as нису in Ikavian speeches.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /nǐːsu/
  • Hyphenation: ни‧су

VerbEdit

ни́су (Latin spelling nísu)

  1. (Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia) negative third-person plural present of бити

ReferencesEdit

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