Opposites

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Contraires

It’s often helpful to learn groups of words by theme, such as adverbs of time or indefinite pronouns. Another option is to learn pairs of antonyms, as with this selection of opposing adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.

Par exemple…

– Tu vas quelque part ?
– Non, je ne vais nulle part.
 – Are you going somewhere?
– No, I’m not going anywhere.
– Je connais quelqu’un en Iran.
– Ah bon ? Je ne connais personne là-bas.
 – I know someone in Iran.
– Oh yeah? I don’t know anyone there.
Il a déjà mangé, mais Ana n’a pas encore mangé. He’s already eaten, but Ana hasn’t eaten yet.

Antonymous adverbs and pronouns

aussialso ne … non plusneither, not either
complètementtotally ne … aucunementnot at all
déjàalready ne … pas encorenot yet
encoreagain ne … plus
plus jamais
no more, not any more
never again
jamaisever ne … jamaisnever
ouiyes nonno
partouteverywhere ne … nulle partnowhere
plusmore ne … plus
moins
no more, not any more
less
le plusthe most le moinsthe least
ne … queonly ne … pas quenot only
quelque(s) ___some ___ ne … aucun ___
ne … nul ___
no ___
quelque chosesomething ne … riennothing
quelque partsomewhere ne … nulle partnowhere, not anywhere
quelqu’unsomeone ne … personneno one
seulementonly ne … pas seulementnot only
touteverything ne … riennothing
tout le mondeeveryone ne … personneno one
toujoursstill
always
 
 ne … plus
ne … pas toujours
ne … jamais
no more, not any more
not always
never

Did I miss an important pair of antonyms? Post a comment below and I’ll add it.

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