The Russian negative pronouns are formed by adding ni- to the interrogative pronouns. The only exception— nichto (nothing)— formed according to the general rules, is considered archaic. A more widely used word for “nothing” is nichego.
Remember the rule of double negation. In sentences with negative pronouns, verbs and adverbs also have to be negative: Nikto nichego ne sdelal (No one did a thing).
Negative pronouns decline like interrogative pronouns from which they are produced.
Exercise 39: Producing Negative Pronouns
Form negative pronouns from the following interrogative pronouns. Translate the negative pronouns into English.
Exercise 40: Being Negative
Rewrite the sentences replacing the underlined words with negative pronouns. Remember the rule of double negation.
4. Na stole lezhit
5. Mne nraviatsia
8. On liubit