Use of pas du tout to mean nothing at all ?

RonC1Kwiziq community member

Use of pas du tout to mean nothing at all ?

Is " Je n'ai dit pas du tout " a valid French expression and would it be an alternative to " Je n'ai rien dit "  ?

Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Ron,

Je n'ai rien dit du tout = I said nothing at all

or 

Je n'ai rien dit  = I said nothing

you cannot say, 

Je n'ai dit pas du tout

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The two sentences you mention really come very close in meaning but the first one emphatically negates the verb dire  whereas the second one stresses the fact that you didn't say anything.

Je n'ai rien dit pas du tout. -- I didn't say anything at all.
J n'ai rien dit. -- I said nothing.

Use of pas du tout to mean nothing at all ?

Is " Je n'ai dit pas du tout " a valid French expression and would it be an alternative to " Je n'ai rien dit "  ?

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