Non Expressions

French expressions with non
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Negative French Phrases

The French word non means “no,” and is found in many expressions, including of course not, point-blank, and secrets. Learn these and other French expressions featuring non.

bah non (informal) well, no
ben non (informal) well, non
bien sûr que non of course not
eh non I’m afraid not
une fin de non-recevoir point-blank
Il faut manger pour vivre et non pas vivre pour manger. You have to eat to live and not live to eat.
je crois que non I don’t think so
je ne dis pas non I wouldn’t say no (an unemphatic yes)
mais non of course not
moi non not me, I don’t
moi non plus me neither, neither do I
ne dire ni oui ni non to not answer, to abstain
les non-dits secrets
non et non ! absolutely not!
non-fumeur (adjective) non-smoking
non-initié (adjective) lay, uninformed
les non l’emportent (voting) the nays have it
non plus neither, not (that) either
non que + subjunctive not that …
nul et non avenu (adjective) invalid, null and void
oui ou non ? (exasperated) … yes or no?
pleurer pour un oui ou pour un non to cry over the slightest thing
le point de non-retour the point of no return
que non ! absolutely not!
répondre par oui ou par non to answer yes or no

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