Languages › French How to Say 'None,' 'No One,' 'Nothing" in French Share Flipboard Email Print Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 24, 2020 French negative pronouns, sometimes called indefinite negative pronouns, are very similar to French negative adjectives and French negative adverbs. This is because they are made of two parts that surround usually the verb. Scroll down to the table for a full list of French negative pronouns and their English equivalents. Negative pronouns negate, refuse, or cast doubt on the existence of the noun that they replace. They can be the subject, the direct object, or the indirect object in a sentence. They consist of ne and negative pronoun like aucun (none). The negative term pas is only used in two of these expressions: ne...pas un ("not one of") and ne...pas un seul ("not a single one"). Personne as the subject: Personne ne me connaît ici. > No one knows me here.Aucun as the direct object: Je ne vends aucun des livres. > I'm not selling any of the books.Rien as the indirect object: Il ne pense à rien. He's not thinking about anything. Word Order With Negative Pronouns In simple tenses, the negative pronoun surrounds the verb. With compound verbs and dual-verb constructions, the first and second word of most* negative pronouns surround the conjugated (first) verb. The exceptions: Personne and aucun place ne in front of the conjugated verb and the second word after the main verb. Je n'ai rien vu. > I didn't see anything.Je ne veux pas acheter un seul des livres. > I don't want to buy a single one of the books.The exceptions: Je n'ai vu personne. > I didn't see anyone.Je ne veux acheter aucun des livres. > I don't want to buy any of the books. Table of French Negative Pronouns ne... aucun(e) (de)* none (of), not any (of) ne... nul(le) no one ne... pas un(e) (de)* not one (of) ne... pas un(e) seul(e) (de)* not a single one (of) ne... personne no one ne... quiconque no one ne... rien nothing, not... anything (expressions with rien) *These pronouns must always have an antecedent. In addition, because they express a quantity, en must be used when these pronouns are the direct object of the sentence. Examples: Aucun de mes amis n'est venu. > None of my friends came.Mes amis ? Aucun n'est venu. > My friends? None came.Mes amis ? Je n'en ai vu aucun. > My friends? I didn't see any of them. French Negative Adjectives Lesson French Object Pronouns Explained How Do You Form Negative Adverbs in French? What Is Every French Personal Pronoun? Literary and Formal Negative Structures in French The Basics of French Word Order with Inversion Introduction to the French Perfect Participle Understanding French Direct Objects and Direct Object Pronouns Understanding the French Past Infinitive Learn How to Use Indirect Objects and Indirect Object Pronouns How Do Relative Pronouns Work in French? How to Use "Jamais" in French Want to Say 'of' or 'Some' in French? Use the Preposition 'de' How to Use French Double Negatives The French Word Tout and Its Variations Does the French Negative Include Dropping Your 'Ne' in 'Ne'...'Pas'?