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Cannot in Russian 🇷🇺

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cannot нельзя
How to say “cannot” in Russian? “Нельзя”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “нельзя” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on cannot in Russian like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

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Tips to remember the Russian word:
– Connect "нельзя" (nel'zya) to "nil" which implies nothing or impossible.
– Imagine a stern Russian teacher saying “no,” as in preventing an action, similar to "нельзя".
– Remember the "нель" sound by linking it with the English word "nail", emphasizing prohibition.

– "нельзя" is used to express prohibition or impossibility. It translates to "cannot", "must not", or "it is not allowed."

Other words that mean the same thing:
– Не разрешено (ne razresheno) – not allowed
– Запрещено (zapreshcheno) – forbidden
– Невозможно (nevozmozhno) – impossible

Alternate meanings like slang:
– In some colloquial uses, "нельзя" can emphasize impossibility or strong disapproval.

Examples of sentences that use it:
1. Здесь нельзя курить.
(zdes’ nel’zya kurit’)
– Smoking is not allowed here.

2. Нельзя переходить улицу на красный свет.
(nel’zya perekhodit’ ulitsu na krasnyy svet)
– You cannot cross the street on a red light.

3. Тебе нельзя это делать.
(tebe nel’zya eto delat’)
– You must not do this.

4. Нельзя так поздно приходить домой.
(nel’zya tak pozdno prikhodit’ domoy)
– You can’t come home this late.

5. В этой реке нельзя плавать.
(v etoy reke nel'zya plavat’)
– Swimming is not allowed in this river.

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