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What does "ничего" mean?

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I'm having trouble understanding the word "nichego". I've heard it a few times but I still can't grasp it's meaning. Could it mean "OK"?

asked Jan 15, 2013 by yagoda (220 points)

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Hi yagoda,

"Ничего" can have two main meanings depending on the context.

  1. "Ничего" meaning "nothing" or "anything".

For example,

Я не хочу ничего. I don´t want anything.

Он не знает ничего. He doesn´t know anything.

Ты что сделал? Ничего!

What did you do? Nothing!

  1. "Ничего" (also "ничего страшного") meaning "that´s ok".

For example,

Извините! Ничего!

Sorry! That´s ok.

Kind regards,

Yulia Amlinskaya, Russian Language Teacher.

answered Jan 15, 2013 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)
selected Jan 15, 2013 by yagoda

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