In French, to make a negative sentence with simple tenses, you will use "ne...pas" (which means not).
How to make negative sentences in French
Look at these negative sentences:
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.
ATTENTION: c'est becomes ce n'est pas.
See also more advanced lessons Position of French Negations - with conjugated verb + infinitive
and Ne ... pas = Not - with compound tenses (French Negations)
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