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Serbo-CroatianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *sъměti.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /smjêti/
  • Hyphenation: smje‧ti

VerbEdit

smjȅti impf (Cyrillic spelling смје̏ти)

  1. (intransitive) may, can (to be allowed)
    Smijem li ući?May I come in?
    Ako je nešto zabranjeno, to znači da se ne smije raditi.If something is banned, that means it may not be done.
  2. (by extension, intransitive, always negated) may, must, should, ought to (expressing insistence against something)
    Sloboda govora nikada ne smije biti uskraćena.Freedom of speech must never be denied.
  3. (intransitive, dated) to dare, venture

ConjugationEdit