Never and Ever

JamaisIn English, there's no risk of confusion between "never" and "ever," which have opposing though not quite opposite meanings. In French, however, both terms can be translated by jamais.

   

No – non, nan, niet…

No in French
No. No way, not me, on the contrary ... let's face it, just because we have to be negative sometimes doesn't mean we can't be creative, too. Here are some of the many ways to say no in French.

   

   

Pas without ne

French negationThe first thing French students learn about negation is that the two parts of the negative adverb ne ... pas are required on either side of the verb. In fact, pas is very often used informally without ne with several different parts of speech.

   

Plus

Plus - French pronunciationThe French word plus has a number of different meanings, uses, and even pronunciations.

   

   

   

Variable Subjunctive

French subjunctiveObviousness, knowledge, certainty, and hope are considered real - at least to the speaker - and therefore do not call for the subjunctive. Using these verbs and expressions in the negative or interrogative, however, indicates doubt: thus the subjunctive is required.