Could you please explain the reason for the inversion of the negative "ne...rien" in this sentence? Thank you.
Freeform Writing Exercise B1
In French, the subject comes before the verb. In this sentence, rien is the subject and is pulled in front of était.
Thank you, Chris! That makes sense. :-)
'rien ne' means nothing - as a subject. ('personne ne' means no-one/nobody as a subject). Personne ne ..., rien ne ... = No one, nothing (negation)
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