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нельзя́

daily used word (top 300)

Translation

  • 1.

    one cannot

    Also: you can't, it's impossible

    Example: Естественные права нельзя отобрать, отнять. - Natural rights cannot be granted, taken, or laid down.

  • 2.

    one should not

    Also: it is not allowed, one must not (it is prohibited / forbidden)

    Example: здесь нельзя́ кури́ть - no smoking here

Usage info

Always use нельзя́ to negate мо́жно (never не мо́жно) a) Using perfective with нельзя means that the action is impossible: Дверь нельзя открыть = The door cannot be opened (it doesn't open). b) Using imperfective with нельзя means that the action is prohibited or undesirable: Здесь нельзя курить = No smoking.

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