I see words ending in -но with the stem coming from adjectives and verb. Example are; можно нужно понятно

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    You can find some information here, but the question is too broad.russian.stackexchange.com/questions/13291/…
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    Aug 27, 2021 at 6:59
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    Aug 27, 2021 at 7:03
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    Aug 28, 2021 at 14:27

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In сommon they are adverbs.

  • Можно мне съесть это яблоко ?

  • Можно. Можно тебе съесть это яблоко.

  • Но нужно ли тебе есть его ?

  • Да нужно, нужно, я вас уверяю.

  • Понятно ли тебе это ?

  • Да, мне всё понятно.


If you are looking for English equivalent, Russian "-но" words may be compared to English words with "-able" ("-ible") and "-ful" suffixes.

For example:

  • permit permissible можно
  • understand understandable понятно (понятный)
  • need needful нужно (нужный)

This is not a rule, because many words in this matrix do not exist in both languages - but this would hopefully help you to understand.

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