"...parce que rien ne m'était familier."

ThaliaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

"...parce que rien ne m'était familier."

Could you please explain the reason for the inversion of the negative "ne...rien" in this sentence?  Thank you.

Asked 5 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

In French, the subject comes before the verb. In this sentence, rien is the subject and is pulled in front of était.

ThaliaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you, Chris!  That makes sense. :-)

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

'rien ne' means nothing - as a subject. ('personne ne' means no-one/nobody as a subject).  Personne ne ..., rien ne ... = No one, nothing (negation) 

"...parce que rien ne m'était familier."

Could you please explain the reason for the inversion of the negative "ne...rien" in this sentence?  Thank you.

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