Ne ... nulle part = Nowhere (negation)

Look at these examples:

J'ai cherché partout, mais je ne l'ai trouvé nulle part.
I looked everywhere, but I didn't find it anywhere.

Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être.
There is nowhere where I would rather be.

Comme il pleuvait, Lise n'est allée nulle part.
As it was raining, Lise didn't go anywhere

Je n'ai vu Mathieu nulle part.
I didn't see Mathieu anywhere.

Il n'est jamais allé nulle part.
He never went anywhere.

 

Ne/n' ... nulle part means nowhere/ not anywhere.

While the negation ne/n' is placed before the conjugated verb as with other negations, it is worth noticing that nulle part is placed at the end of the clause, after the object of the verb (when there is one), and NOT right after the conjugated verb like other negations:

ne/n' + conjugated verb + [object] + [adverb] + nulle part

 

Note that when used on its own, you don't put ne/n'.

Où vas-tu? - Nulle part, pourquoi?
Where are you going? - Nowhere, why?

 

 

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Examples and resources

Je n'ai vu Mathieu nulle part.
I didn't see Mathieu anywhere.


J'ai cherché partout, mais je ne l'ai trouvé nulle part.
I looked everywhere, but I didn't find it anywhere.


Il n'est jamais allé nulle part.
He never went anywhere.



Où vas-tu? - Nulle part, pourquoi?
Where are you going? - Nowhere, why?


Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être.
There is nowhere where I would rather be.


Comme il pleuvait, Lise n'est allée nulle part.
As it was raining, Lise didn't go anywhere


Q&A

nola

Kwiziq community member

7 February 2018

1 reply

When can one use n'importe où instead of nulle part for anywhere

Chris

Kwiziq community member

7 February 2018

7/02/18

Hi Nola,


"nulle part" -- nowhere
"n'importe où" -- anywhere, as in any ol' place.


Ça m'est égal, allons n'import où. -- I don't care, let's go anywhere.
Il doit rester à la maison, il ne va aller nulle part. -- I must stay at home, he is not going anywhere.


Hope that helps, -- Chris (not a native speaker).


Melody

Kwiziq community member

4 January 2017

2 replies

Il n'est jamais allé nulle part.

In the sound recording of this it sounds like there is "v" or "va" sound between jamais and alle. Not what I would expect. Help, please.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

4 January 2017

4/01/17

Bonjour Melody !

It was actually a "z" sound resulting from the liaison between "jamaiS" and "allé", but I agree that the quality wasn't great.
I've now regenerated this sound file.

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne Année !

Melody

Kwiziq community member

4 January 2017

4/01/17

Thanks so much!

Melody

Kwiziq community member

3 January 2017

2 replies

Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être.

There is nowhere where I would rather be. This English translation is confusing and not something that would be normally said in English Rather: There is nowhere (else) I would rather be. The way it's stated, in English it would mean "I don't have a preference for where I am" . Maybe this IS the intent of the sentence. ?

Melody

Kwiziq community member

3 January 2017

3/01/17

Better English: "I don't have a preference AS TO where I am" .

Carolyn

Kwiziq community member

27 July 2018

27/07/18

I would have translated it as ‘There is nowhere I would rather be’. You don’t need the word where. 

Jeffrey

Kwiziq community member

18 January 2016

1 reply

Noun inside the negation?

In one of the questions on an exam, the correct answer was "Il ne voit Julie nulle part". Why is Julie included in between "ne" and "nulle part" while a sentence like "Il ne voit pas Julie" has Julie outside of the negation?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

19 January 2016

19/01/16

Bonjour Jeffrey,

Thank you for your question. "Ne ... nulle part" is indeed a bit different from other negations, and our lesson has now been updated to fully reflect this.
Please have a look:
https://www.french-test.com/revision/grammar/how-to-say-nowhere-ne-nulle-part-negative-expressions

I hope this is helpful!
Merci!

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