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Negation with numbers

ESTHERB1Kwiziq community member

Negation with numbers

J'ai trois soeurs. Does this change to Je n'ai pas trois soeurs or je n'ai pas de soeurs. If the latter, then do all numbers change to de??

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Depending on what you want to say, you pick one or the other:

Je n'ai pas trois sœurs. -- I don't have three sisters. (But maybe four!)
Je n'ai pas de sœurs. -- I don't have sisters. (Not even a one.)

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Je n'ai pas trois soeurs. J'en ai quatre. (Ou une, deux etc). 

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Esther,

You could also say -

Je n'ai pas de frères et sœurs =  I don't have any brothers or sisters 

Negation with numbers

J'ai trois soeurs. Does this change to Je n'ai pas trois soeurs or je n'ai pas de soeurs. If the latter, then do all numbers change to de??

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