Ne ... personne = No one, nobody (negation)

Look at these negative sentences:

Je ne vois personne.
I see no one.
I don't see anyone.

Il n'entend personne.
He hears no one.
He doesn't hear anyone

Je ne sors avec personne.
I don't date anyone.

Ma soeur n'aime personne.
My sister doesn't like anyone.

Just as the construction ne… pas is used to negate a sentence, use ne...personne to express no one / not anyone.

ATTENTION:

Personne on its own means ''no one'', but une personne means a person!

Qui est là? - Personne.
Who's there? -Nobody.

 

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Je ne sors avec personne.
I don't date anyone.


Ma soeur n'aime personne.
My sister doesn't like anyone.


Il n'entend personne.
He hears no one.
He doesn't hear anyone


On ne reconnaît personne.
We don't recognise anybody.
We recognise nobody.


Je ne vois personne.
I see no one.
I don't see anyone.


Qui est là? - Personne.
Who's there? -Nobody.



Q&A Forum 5 questions, 13 answers

BrianA2Kwiziq community member

Minor typo

We don't recongnise anybody. In the text above. 
Asked 1 month ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Brian !

Thanks to you, this typo has now been fixed :)
Merci et bonne journée !

Minor typo

We don't recongnise anybody. In the text above. 

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JaneA2Kwiziq community member

Jaqen H'ghar: Qui es-tu

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Jane,

Je vois que vous aimez ‘Le Trône de Fer’ ...

In this case ‘no one’ would be ‘personne

Hope this helps!

JaneA2Kwiziq community member

Arya Stark: Personne

Would this be correct? 

JaneA2Kwiziq community member

Thanks!!  Le Nord se souivent!!

CécileKwiziq team member

Et l’hiver est bel et bien arrivé....

JaneA2Kwiziq community member

Vraiment, et la nuit est sombre et pleine de terreurs! 

Jaqen H'ghar: Qui es-tu

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UltimateA0Kwiziq community member

Plese send all the negatif list

Like personne ne ne personne 

For replying negating answers I need to change personnel ne to be personnel so I need to all like me rien what should I change it to?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Ultimate,

I don't understand your question, are you looking for other negative expressions like ne...rien and the like?

 

Plese send all the negatif list

Like personne ne ne personne 

For replying negating answers I need to change personnel ne to be personnel so I need to all like me rien what should I change it to?

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StuartB1Kwiziq community member

What is the difference between n’importe qui and personne?

I’m probably missing something obvious, but I can’t find it elsewhere, sorry :)
Asked 1 year ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Stuart !

The nuance here is of meaning, but it is indeed quite tricky as in English, you could translate either with "anyone".

However, personne means the absence of a person, i.e. noone/not anyone, hence it being used with the negative ne.
N'importe qui means a non-specific person, but definitely someone, i.e. anyone, and therefore will not be used with ne.

N'importe qui peut le faire.
Anyone can do this.

Personne ne peut le faire.
Noone can do this.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

JimC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Personne is a pronoun. N'importe comes from the verb importer -- to be important - to matter, (not the version "To import") In the negative, they seem to convey a similar sense but there is probably a nuance that would be better explained by an expert. Jim
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Thanks!
EnidB1Kwiziq community member

How is aucune used? Can this also mean « no one »?

Enid

What is the difference between n’importe qui and personne?

I’m probably missing something obvious, but I can’t find it elsewhere, sorry :)

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MichaelA2Kwiziq community member

Il n'y a personne

Hi - in the Kwik kwiz one of the answers includes the construction Il n'y a personne. Why is it Il n'y a personne and not Il y n'a personne? The lesson doesn't explain it. Thank you.
Asked 2 years ago
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonsoir Michael, Il y a is a fixed expression. The placement of negation ne . . .personne is covered in another lesson: There are two important patterns to notice in these sentences that are different to English. 1) the two pronouns both go before the verb: Tu attends Patricia à la banque -> Tu l'y attends. You're waiting for Patricia at the bank -> You're waiting for her there 2) The order is ALWAYS: me/te/le/la/l'/nous/vous/les (before) y In negation formation, the ne or n'. . . always goes before the pronoun y. Bonne chance,
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Hi Michael, French has a very strict word order. In a negation, you will always find this order: 1) Start the negation with "ne" 2) Then come: me, te, se, nous, vous (reflexive pronouns) 3) Followed by: le, la, les (direct object pronouns) 4) Followed by: lui, leur (indirect object pronouns, 3rd person) 5) The pronoun "y" 6) The pronouns "en" 7) The verb to be negated 8) And finally the other half of the negation: pas, rien, personne, plus, etc. Example: Il n'y a personne : Il = subject n' (ne) = start of negation y = pronoun a = verb personne = the concluding part of the negation. That is the standard order. Normally, not all elements in the list above actually occur in one sentence, so you just skip them. The order remains nonetheless the same. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Il n'y a personne

Hi - in the Kwik kwiz one of the answers includes the construction Il n'y a personne. Why is it Il n'y a personne and not Il y n'a personne? The lesson doesn't explain it. Thank you.

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