I had no idea ...

JenniferB2Kwiziq community member

I had no idea ...

I understand that aucun is more emphatic than pas de, but does "Je n'avait pas d'idée ..." not work for this sentence as well?  Thank you.

Asked 3 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

I don't know the context but the two negations are different in their meaning:

Je n'avais pas d'idée -- I didn't have an idea.
Je n'avais aucune idée -- I had no idea.

CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Jennifer,

Chris is correct! 

Remember:

Je n'avais pas d'idée ! = I didn't have any ideas!

-> meaning "any original thoughts"

 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Jennifer asked:View original

I had no idea ...

I understand that aucun is more emphatic than pas de, but does "Je n'avait pas d'idée ..." not work for this sentence as well?  Thank you.

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