Using ne ... pas with simple tenses (negation)

Look at these negative sentences:

Je ne suis pas grande.I am not tall.

Je n'ai pas de frère.I have no brother.

Notice that to make a negative sentence in French is slightly more complicated than in English as there are two negative words involved.

Notice that to negate a verb in a simple sentence, you wrap ne… pas around the verb (here suis / ai).

Note: if the verb begins with a vowel, use n' instead of ne.

Tu n'écoutes pas Alice.You don't listen to Alice.

ATTENTION: c'est becomes ce n'est pas.

C'est bleu ? Non, ce n'est pas bleu !Is it blue? No, that's not blue!

Ce n'est pas très gentil de sa part.It's not very nice of him.

 

See also more advanced lessons Position of negation with two verbs (conjugated + infinitive) 
and Using 'ne ... pas' with compound tenses (negation) 

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Examples and resources

Ce n'est pas très gentil de sa part.It's not very nice of him.
Elle ne regarde pas la télé.She is not watching telly.
C'est bleu ? Non, ce n'est pas bleu !Is it blue? No, that's not blue!
Je ne mange pasI'm not eating
Tu n'écoutes pas Alice.You don't listen to Alice.
Nous n'allons pas au cinéma.We're not going to the cinema.
Je n'ai pas de frère.I have no brother.
Je n'aime pas Paul.I don't like Paul.
Je ne suis pas grande.I am not tall.
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