Ne ... pas non plus = Not ... either (negation)

Look at these sentences:

Je ne regarde pas non plus la télé.
I don't watch TV either.

 

Je n'y vais pas, et toi?  -Non, je n'y vais pas non plus.
I'm not going, you?  -No, I'm not going either.

Laura ne se lève pas tôt.
- Thomas ne se lève pas tôt non plus.

Laura doesn't get up early.
- Thomas doesn't get up early either.

 

When you want to express that someone is not doing something either, you need to use the negative expression ne ... pas non plus.

Note that while ne is always before the verb, pas and non plus can be separated in the sentence, and non plus placed before OR after the object of the verb:

Je ne regarde pas non plus la télé.
I don't watch TV either.

Je ne regarde pas la télé non plus.
I don't watch TV either.

  

In the case of adverbs, pas and non plus are always separated.

Il ne joue pas souvent au foot, et toi ? -Je n'y joue pas souvent non plus.
He doesn't play football often, and you? 
- I don't play often either.

 

 

See also the simpler lesson Non plus = neither / nor (negation) 

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Examples and resources

Laura ne se lève pas tôt.
- Thomas ne se lève pas tôt non plus.

Laura doesn't get up early.
- Thomas doesn't get up early either.


Je ne regarde pas non plus la télé.
I don't watch TV either.


Je déteste Luc. - Je ne l'aime pas non plus.
I hate Luc. - I don't like him either.


Je ne regarde pas la télé non plus.
I don't watch TV either.


Il ne joue pas souvent au foot, et toi ? -Je n'y joue pas souvent non plus.
He doesn't play football often, and you? 
- I don't play often either.


Je n'y vais pas, et toi?  -Non, je n'y vais pas non plus.
I'm not going, you?  -No, I'm not going either.


Q&A Forum 4 questions, 6 answers

RebeccaA2Kwiziq community member

Does separating pas & non plus convey something different from putting them together?

For the "Je ne regarde pas non plus le télé" vs. "Je ne regarde pas le télé non plus", does one mean "I [like you] also don't watch tv" and the other mean "I don't watch tv either [in addition to another activity]"?

Asked 10 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Rebecca, 

You can say both without altering the meaning but to me it means you agreeing with another person who does not watch 'la télé' either....

Hoep this helps!

Does separating pas & non plus convey something different from putting them together?

For the "Je ne regarde pas non plus le télé" vs. "Je ne regarde pas le télé non plus", does one mean "I [like you] also don't watch tv" and the other mean "I don't watch tv either [in addition to another activity]"?

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LathaB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Je n'y vais pas, et toi? -Non, je n'y vais pas non plus. I'm not going, you? -No, I'm not going either.wanted to know the usage of y here please

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Latha, 

Take a look at the following lesson :

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/the-adverbial-pronoun-y-means-there

Hope this helps!

 

 

 

 

Je n'y vais pas, et toi? -Non, je n'y vais pas non plus. I'm not going, you? -No, I'm not going either.wanted to know the usage of y here please

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JocelynC1Kwiziq community member

Why is there a ‘y’ in this sentence?

Il ne joue pas souvent au foot, et toi ? -Je n'y joue pas souvent non plus.

I don’t play often either.

This is one of the examples above.

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Jocelyn,

The expression is 'jouer à'..., the y replaces 'au foot'.

Take a look at the following lesson for more examples.

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/the-adverbial-pronoun-y-can-replace-a-thing-object-location

Hope this helps!

JocelynC1Kwiziq community member
Thank you so much for you help!

Why is there a ‘y’ in this sentence?

Il ne joue pas souvent au foot, et toi ? -Je n'y joue pas souvent non plus.

I don’t play often either.

This is one of the examples above.

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StuartB1Kwiziq community member

Elle ne joue pas de flûte non plus

I thought instruments were ‘joue de la’ (in this case flûte) - is there a reason the ‘la’ has fallen off in this example?
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The article is gone due to the negation.

This is true for pretty much everything, not just musical instruments.

"J'ai du lait." -- I've got milk.

"Je n'ai plus de lait." -- I don't have any milk left.

-- Chris.

AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour Stuart !

To complete Chris' answer, here's our related lesson on the subject:

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/the-partitive-article-in-negative-sentences

Bonne journée !

Elle ne joue pas de flûte non plus

I thought instruments were ‘joue de la’ (in this case flûte) - is there a reason the ‘la’ has fallen off in this example?

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