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"всё или ничего"

Translation:everything or nothing

December 3, 2015



It accepted "all or nothing" as a translation. Is this a common expression in Russia as it is in America?

(Edit: By which, of course, I mean: Is the statement "всё или ничего" as commonly used as the American translation, or is this here simply to show how these words counter one another.)


Yes, "всё или ничего" is commonly used, along with some similar idioms.


All or nothing is an idiom for english, it can be used in betting, during some activity of high stakes, and it is almost always dichotomous, like a pass/fail system, inside or outside, black or white, with no gray area. It's a binary type of saying


It's a common expression is America, I don't know about Russia though.


Why does the г sound like a 'f'?


There is a rule prescribing that the adverbs "ничего" and "сегодня" (derived from "сего" + "дня"), as well as the genitive and accusative cases of masculine and neuter adjectives, participles, and adjectival pronouns ending on -ого/-его, retain the "г" letter despite the latter being pronounced as "в".

So in writing we get: его, моего, всего, чего, одного, хорошего, большого, чистого.

But those are pronounced as ево, всево, чистава etc.

As for why the consonant sound changed in the first place - that's a good few centuries of sound change at work here. The most widely accepted theory, proposed by Mitrofan Kolosov and Alexei Sobolevsky, is that the voiced velar stop (the hard 'g') between two labialised vowels gradually turns into a voiced velar fricative, thus marking a natural human tendency to articulate less in daily speech. This sound ('ɣ') is now found in some Southern and Northern dialects of Russian, and can even occur in Standard Russian when a short word like "угу" or "ого" is spoken in an offhand manner.

Eventually, this sound weakened to the point of complete erosion, leaving us with an ending that sounded like "-оо/-ео" (which is also found in some Northern dialects), which was then broken up by a voiced labiodental fricative (the 'v' sound) to make it more intelligible.


hi, you must be a linguist, right? but my question is: where -how do you get 'the other' type face from? and what exactly is it? I know a little bit of cyrillic handwriting ( quite beautiful), but the typing that you are using is new to me, please let me know! ;-)


Nothing fancy, that's just the way Duolingo renders the Russian italics (i.e. text in between single asterisks, like *тогда* becomes тогда) - which I use to differentiate the Russian bits from the English bits in my comments whilst cutting down on quotation marks.

You're probably the first person to have commented on that cursive script in a positive context: generally people complain that it only makes comments more difficult to read because of how different letters "д", "т", "г" look. ;j


thank you , yes, cursive gives a language so much more character I cant wait till Arabic gets released :-)


But Arabic is already cursive. Let me know if you do anyway


Can this mean "everything or anything" (though I know it makes little sense). There is no <<нет>> indicating that this <<ничего>> means "nothing" therefore it would mean "anything"???


ничего always means nothing. It's just that in cases when english speakers say "I don't have anything", most slavic languages use double negation, something along the lines "I don't have nothing"/


I'm also curious about this. Google translate from english to russian, translates "everything or anything" to "все или ничего".


Ничего derives from ни + Чего, or literally "not a what".


Ничего reminds me of Nietzche, who is infamously tied to nihilsm, the concept that everything means nothing, so that should help me remember it.


The same first assosiation I had. Assosiations with known names or words is my best method of remembering words.


It was a pretty decent James Bond game...


Russian roulette


I remember that game..


all or none? This is my first thought.


should be "all or nothing "


The voice here pronounces "всё" as vsuh instead of vsyo, is that correct or can i keep saying vsyo?


What part of this sentence is Genative?


Всё или нечего, a classic from the Small Faces.


Джеймз Бонд


дай мне всё или ничего


Different words for "all" and "everything" in Russian?


sorry but there is a mistake: the voice says vse like all, everybody not like vse in everything


The pronunciation of "всё " sounds correct to me.


What is the difference between "everything" and "everyone" then?


"всё" is all or everything, "все" is everyone (I think).


the voice speech should be slower, and one word at a time, not all rushed together as one long word...that kinda sucks


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