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


Semi-Auxiliary Verbs: Word Order

French word orderIt's very common to have two verbs in a row in both English and French, as in J'aime danser. The word order can get very complicated when additional grammatical structures like object pronouns and negation are introduced.




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.