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

See also the more advanced Aucun/e … ne = None of them (negation)

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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!


Q&A Forum 7 questions, 17 answers

Why is “nous n’avons pas eu” translated as “we never have” rather than “we never had”

I got the sentence “Nous n’avons pas eu....” wrong because I translated it as “We never had...”

Asked 2 weeks agoPasse compose
CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Ruth,

Do you remember the full context ?

Why is “nous n’avons pas eu” translated as “we never have” rather than “we never had”

I got the sentence “Nous n’avons pas eu....” wrong because I translated it as “We never had...”

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Placement of 'aucun/e' in passé composé

I found this sentence interesting:

Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.

Don't both parts of a negation (ne + plus/jamais/que/etc) usually go before the participle?

Asked 7 months ago

Mostly, yes. But not always. Aucune refers to voiture and therefore goes right before it. 

Merci pour votre réponse, Chris !

Placement of 'aucun/e' in passé composé

I found this sentence interesting:

Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.

Don't both parts of a negation (ne + plus/jamais/que/etc) usually go before the participle?

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N’avoir pas de vs n’avoir aucune de

whats the difference between je n’ai pas de chen and je n’ai aucune chien

Asked 11 months ago

Je n'ai pas de chien. -- I don't have a dog. 

Je n'ai aucun chien. -- I don't have any dog. 

With aucun/aucune the negation is stronger. 

Does the aucune form imply anything like distaste for dogs ( in this case )?  Eg, I dont  have any dog and don’t want ever want one? 
No, not really. 

N’avoir pas de vs n’avoir aucune de

whats the difference between je n’ai pas de chen and je n’ai aucune chien

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RonC1

On lesson Ne...aucun(e) grade A2 there is no facility to go back or onto the next lesson.

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Ron,

Aurélie has added a link to the other lesson on aucun(e). Hope this is what you meant...

RonC1
The problem was that if I was looking at lesson 8 for example and I wanted to check something in lesson 7, when I tapped on previous lesson it went back to lesson1. I just thought it was something overlooked in the changes that have been made.
GruffKwiziq language super star

Hi Ron - I'm assuming that you were looking at the lessons from the context of your dashboard studylist in order for there to be a lesson order and next and previous buttons? Or was it from a notebook or other list? I'll log a ticket, but in future please contact support for technical issues like these as the Q&A is meant for language-related questions.

Merci !

RonC1
I only used that lesson as an example. I wanted to bring to your attention that when looking at the list of ten lessons one can go forward to the next lesson.But if you want to go the previous lesson, if you tap on previous lesson and it takes you to lesson one.
GruffKwiziq language super star
Thanks Ron - we'll look into it and get that fixed. In future, please report bugs or technical questions via the 'contact us' section or by email as they will usually then get to the technical team more quickly. 

On lesson Ne...aucun(e) grade A2 there is no facility to go back or onto the next lesson.

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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.
Asked 1 year ago

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). 

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

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.

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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?
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

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!

 

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).

Very helpful Cécile, thank you .

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?

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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!
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
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 !

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!

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