Categories: French Negation

Negation Ni…Ni

Negation Ni…Ni

This negation translates neither… nor.

Neither…nor (don’t either…or)

Ni lui ni moi: Neither he (him)  nor I (me)
Cette histoire n’a ni queue ni tête: this story has neither head nor tail
Ni oui ni non: neither a yes nor a no
Ni repris ni échangés (in a shop): no returns or exchanges
Il n’y a ni bières ni vins: there is no beers or wines
You can make a list with ni: ni bières, ni vins, ni eau…
He can neither read nor write: il ne sait ni lire ni écrire

But you can also say: il ne sait pas lire ni écrire!
Don’t forget “de” :
He drinks neither beer nor wine
1 . Il ne boit ni bière ni vin is correct and also
2. Il ne boit pas de bière ni DE vin

This flat has neither light nor water: cet appartement n’a ni lumière ni eau

As you can see you can use “ni” for a list:
Je ne mange ni céréales, ni oeufs, ni tomates or je ne mange pas de céréales, ni oeufs, ni tomates and even je ne mange de céréales, ni d’oeufs, ni de tomates.

Aimez-vous le fromage ou le café? Je n’aime ni le fromage, ni le café

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