Languages › French French Negation La négation Share Flipboard Email Print "pas question !" (No, not a chance). Birgid Allig / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated March 27, 2017 Making sentences negative in French is a bit more complicated than in English. This summary of the different kinds of negation and negation-related grammatical structures should help clear up some of the confusion. The title of each negation category links to a detailed lesson with examples of usage and a quiz. (Don't) just say nonNo, not a chance, I don't think so, and more. nonpas question ! Negative adverbsNegate or restrict the action of the verb they modify. ne... pasne... jamais Negative adjectivesNegate or cast doubt on a quality of the noun they modify. ne... nulne... aucun Negative pronounsNegate or cast doubt on the existence of the noun they replace. ne... rienne... personne Negative conjunctionThere's only one: ne... ni... ni... Negative questionsThere's a special French word to respond yes when someone else says no.lt;br> - Non.- Si ! Negating infinitives2-part negative structures stay together in front of infinitives. Ne pas toucher.Ne jamais fermer. N'importe... expressionsDesignate an unspecified person, thing, or characteristic. n'importe quin'importe quel... PasNegate a non-verbal structure. pas beaucouppas souvent Double negativesTwo negatives don't make a positive in French. Ce n'est pas rien.Je n'ai jamais vu personne. Formal negationThere are three negative structures particular to formal French. ne... pointavant qu'il ne... Informal negationNe is often dropped in spoken French. Je sais pas.Bouge pas ! Continue Reading How French Punctuation Differs From English French Articles Can Be Confusing — Here's How to Make Sense of Them These Are the 10 Most Common Intermediate-Level French Mistakes Is Spanish Really Easier Than French? Best French Grammar Books for Students to Buy Unraveling the Mystery of Capitalizing French Titles A Beginner's Guide to French Pronunciation How Do You Use the French Expression "N'est-ce Pas"? Understanding the Types of French Pronouns (Les Pronoms) These French Pronunciation Mistakes Are Toughest for New Speakers Have "Hope" That You'll Learn How to Conjugate "Espérer" French Pronunciation of the Letter H How Has French Influenced English? Why You Should Learn French The 9 Best Podcasts for Learning French in 2019 What Does the French Word 'Enchanté' Mean in English?