I'm native Russian speaker who left the motherland for good about 15 years ago. I'm slowly losing the feel of the language and oftentimes can't determine whether what I see is a mistake or not. For example, in the quote below, is comma before the first 'ни' correct?

Каждому из нас природой бесплатно дается некоторое количество дури, которой можно пользоваться, но которую нельзя, ни продать, ни скурить

Thank you for your time!

  • Your feeling of the language seems OK. The impact of a huge corpus of ungrammatical Russian of nowadays is a common problem, I believe.
    – delete
    Jul 2, 2015 at 3:15
  • Пользуясь случаем рекламирую сайт на этой же платформе для тех, кому русский - родной: Русский язык.
    – Artemix
    Jul 2, 2015 at 6:54

1 Answer 1


No, you don't need a comma before the first ни.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.