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Ne ... aucun(e) = None (negation)

Look at these negative sentences:

Je n'ai aucune idée!
I have no idea!

Tu as une soeur? Aucune!
Do you have a sister? None!

Il n'aime aucun programme de télé-réalité.
He likes no TV-reality show.

Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.
We bought no car.

The construction ne… aucun/aucune + [thing] means none or not one, or no [thing]

Note that aucun must agree in gender with the thing it refers to

BUT 

aucun/aucune never agree in number (singular/plural): as they describe an absence of things, they're always singular

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Examples and resources

Il n'aime aucun programme de télé-réalité.
He likes no TV-reality show.



Tu as une soeur? Aucune!
Do you have a sister? None!


Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.
We bought no car.


Je n'ai aucune idée!
I have no idea!


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Q&A

Paul

Kwiziq community member

5 April 2018

2 replies

Thanks Chris. That's a little more confusing than I expected because it says in the lesson that aucun/aucune are always singular.

I know this should be an answer to your question Chris but there is a bug in Kwiziq that sometimes doesn't all submitting new questions or answers.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 April 2018

6/04/18

Aucun/e is almost always in singular. There aren't that many words which exist only in plural, so this really is a rare exception. So don't waste any time nor worry on this.


-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

6 April 2018

6/04/18

Hi Paul - thanks for pointing out the bug. We've fixed it now.

Paul

Kwiziq community member

4 April 2018

3 replies

Can you please give some examples of aucun/e with plural nouns?

Salut. On ecrit que aucun/e est toujours singular, mais qu'est ce que un example de aucun/e avec le nom plural?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

18 April 2018

18/04/18

Hi Paul,


As Chris rightly says 'aucuns' is used in its plural form, only when the word that follows it is usually always in the plural like 'frais'.


Other instances will include words like 'fiançailles', 'vacances''travaux publics', 'obsèques' etc. so it is quite rare.


e.g.


Aucuns travaux publics n'auront lieu le dimanche. (No public works will take place on Sundays.)


Aucunes vacances scolaires ne sont programmées en juin. (No school holidays are programmed for June.)


Hope this helps!


 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 April 2018

5/04/18

Hi Paul, here is one:


Nous ne vous compterons aucuns frais supplémentaires. -- We will not charge you any additional fees.


This happens with nouns that exist only in a plural form (such as frais).


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Paul

Kwiziq community member

18 April 2018

18/04/18

Very helpful Cécile, thank you .

Abby

Kwiziq community member

13 June 2017

1 reply

With perfect tense?

Salut, In the example it says 'nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture' so does this not follow the normal rule with negatives that it goes around the auxiliary verb in the perfect tense? Merci!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 June 2017

14/06/17

Bonjour Abby !

Here it doesn't as "aucun/e" acts like an indefinite article to "voiture", hence its agreement:
-> We bought *no* car."
"Aucun/e" will always be placed before the noun it refers to, just like an article or an adjective.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !
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