Russian edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Proto-Slavic *ničьto. By surface analysis, ни (ni, not) +‎ что́ (štó, what).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): [nʲɪʂˈto] (phonetic respelling: ништо́)
  • (file)

Pronoun edit

ничто́ (ništón

  1. (indefinite pronoun) nothing
    Ничто́ не говори́ло (o чём-либо).
    Ništó ne govorílo (o čom-libo).
    Nothing foretold (of anything).

Usage notes edit

  • The nominative and accusative are usually replaced by the genitive ничего́ (ničevó) in colloquial speech, and may be considered synonyms.
  • With prepositions, ничто́ (ništó) is split into ни (ni) and что (što), with the preposition in between, such as in ни за что (ni za što, not for anything).

Declension edit

See also edit