The Conjunctions и, а, но
Союзы и, а, но
The Conjunction и
To link similar members denoting different persons, objects, phenomena, events, actions, means of action,
properties, etc., we use the conjunction и, the most frequently used word in the Russian language.
The Conjunction но
In contrasting various events, actions, modes of action and properties, we use the conjunction но.
The Conjunction а
The conjunction а is one of the most frequently used, it expresses a wide range of various relations:
comparison, juxtaposition and conjunction, sometimes shifting in meaning towards the conjunction но,
sometimes towards the conjunction и.
- Ivan and Andrew are
Мы читаем и говорим по-русски. - We read and speak Russian.
|но (but)||Я слушаю, но не понимаю. - I am listening, but I don't understand.|
Я говорю по-русски,
- I can speak Russian,
Она не студентка, а преподаватель. - She is not student, but a teacher.