French Negation

French Negation

If you're trying to learn French Negation you will find some useful resources including a course about Negation and negative expressions... to help you with your French grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn French. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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French Negation

Learning the French Negation is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the French language. But first we need to know what the role of Negation is in the structure of the grammar in French.

French negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy).

Grammar Tips:

In French, negation can be made simply by placing the main verb between “ne” and “pas”.

Je ne peux pas le faire (I can't do this). 

Ils n’ont rien à faire (they don't have anything to do – Double Negative). 

Je n’aime pas ça (I don't like it)


Here are some examples:

English NegationFrench Negation
NegationNégation
he is not hereIl n'est pas ici
that is not my bookce n'est pas mon livre
do not enterne pas entrer

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Negation in French has a logical pattern. Locate the Negation above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in French.

List of Negation in French

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in French placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your French vocabulary.

English NegationFrench Negation
I don't speakJe ne parle pas
I don't writeJe n'écris pas
I don't driveJe ne conduis pas
I don't loveJe n'aime pas
I don't giveJe ne donne pas
I don't smileJe ne souris pas
I don't takeJe ne prends pas
he doesn't speakil ne parle pas
he doesn't writeil n'écrit pas
he doesn't driveil ne conduit pas
he doesn't loveil n'aime pas
he doesn't giveil ne donne pas
he doesn't smileil ne sourit pas
he doesn't takeil ne prend pas
we don't speaknous ne parlons pas
we don't writenous n'écrivons pas
we don't drivenous ne conduisons pas
we don't lovenous n'aimons pas
we don't givenous ne donnons pas
we don't smileNous ne sourirons pad
we don't takenous ne prenons pas

Negation and negative expressions have a very important role in French, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with French Negation, you might want to check the rest of our French lessons here: Learn French. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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