Latin Negation

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Latin Negation

Learning the Latin 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 Latin language. But first we need to know what the role of Negation is in the structure of the grammar in Latin.

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

Grammar Tips:

In Latin, negation can be made simply by placing "nōn" before the main verb. Double negatives are allowed in Latin for emphasis purposes.
Mē nōn amat. (He doesn’t love me)

Here are some examples:

English NegationLatin Negation
he is not herenon est hic
that is not my bookille non est meus liber
do not enternon penetra

Notice the structure of the Negation in Latin.

List of Negation in Latin

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

English NegationLatin Negation
I don't speaknon loquor
I don't writenon scribo
I don't drivenon duco
I don't lovenon amo
I don't givenon do
I don't smilenon rideo
I don't takenon capio
he doesn't speaknon loquitur
he doesn't writenon scribit
he doesn't drivenon ducit
he doesn't lovenon amat
he doesn't givenon dat
he doesn't smilenon ridet
he doesn't takenon capit
we don't speaknon loquimur
we don't writenon scribimus
we don't drivenon ducimus
we don't lovenon amamus
we don't givenon damus
we don't smilenon ridemus
we don't takenon capimus

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