Hungarian Negation

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Hungarian Negation

Learning the Hungarian Negation displayed below is vital to the language. Hungarian negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy).

Grammar Tips:

In Hungarian, negation can be made simply by placing "nem" before the main verb. The double negative is frequently used.

Ernő olvas = Ernő is reading – Ernő nem olvas = Ernő is not reading

Sokat játszunk = we play a lot – Nem játszunk sokat = we do not play much

Elment = (s)he left – Nem ment el = (s)he did not leave

Mi mindenre nem gondolt! = Literally: What all (s)he did not think of; meaning: (s)he prepared very meticulously/carefully

Mit nem adnék érte! = Literally: What all I would not give for it! meaning: I would be prepared to pay almost any price for it

Addig jár a korsó a kútra, míg el nem törik. = Literally: The pitcher goes so long to the well, until it does not break; meaning: don’t push your luck!

Ez nem semmi! = Literally: this is not nothing; meaning: Vow!/This is very interesting (or special or difficult).

Here are some examples:

English NegationHungarian Negation
he is not hereNincs itt
that is not my bookez nem az én könyvem
do not enterne lépjen be

Notice the structure of the Negation in Hungarian.

List of Negation in Hungarian

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

English NegationHungarian Negation
I don't speakÉn nem beszélek
I don't writeNem írok
I don't drivenem vezetek
I don't loveNem szeretem
I don't giveNem adom
I don't smilenem mosolygok
I don't takenem veszek
he doesn't speaknem beszél
he doesn't writenem ír
he doesn't drivenem vezet
he doesn't lovenem szeret
he doesn't givenem ad / nem adja
he doesn't smilenem mosolyog
he doesn't takenem vesz
we don't speaknem beszélünk
we don't writenem írunk
we don't drivenem vezetünk
we don't lovemi nem szeretjük
we don't givemi nem adjuk
we don't smilenem mosolygunk
we don't takenem vesszük

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