What happened? in Russian: How to say?

Jun 23, 2020 | How to say it in Russian?

To say what happened? in Russian, you can use one of the following phrases:

Что произошло́?
[chto pra-ee-zash-ló]
What happened?

Что случи́лось?
[chto slu-chée-las’]
What happened?

Произошло́ and случи́лось are the Past tense of the Russian verbs произойти́ и случи́ться which are synonyms and both mean to happen.

Let’s see how you can diversify your phrase:

Что здесь произошло́?
[chto zdyes’ pra-ee-zash-ló]
What happened here?

Что c ва́ми произошло́?
[chto s vá-mee pra-ee-zash-ló]
What happened to you? (formal or plural)

Что у вас случи́лось?
[chto u vas slu-chée-las’]
What happened to you? (formal or plural)

Что с тобо́й случи́лось?
[chto s ta-bóî slu-chée-las’]
What happened to you? (informal and singular)

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Related Russian words


[slúchai] Noun , masculine
case, occasion, chance, event

Related examples

  • Никогда́ бы не поду́мала, что тако́е мо́жет случи́ться.

    neekagdá by nye padúmala chto takóye mózhet sluchéetsa

    I would never have thought that this could happen.

  • Лу́чше перестрахова́ться, ма́ло ли что мо́жет случи́ться.

    lúchshe pyeryestrahavátsa, mála lee chto mózhet sluchéetsa

    It's better to play safe, you never know what can happen.

  • Ума́ не приложу́, как тако́е могло́ случи́ться.

    umá nye preelazhú, kak takóye magló sluchéetsa

    I can not imagine how it could happen.

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