Languages › French French Negation La Négation Share Flipboard Email Print Birgid Allig / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated November 18, 2019 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 Do You Form Negative Adverbs in French? French Articles Can Be Confusing — Here's How to Make Sense of Them French Webquest: Research Project for French Class How to Use "Jamais" in French The Top 10 Beginning French Mistakes How Has French Influenced English? How to Use "Faire" and "Rendre" in French French Rhythm or Le Rythme The 9 Best French Grammar Books for Language Learners of 2020 How to Conjugate the French Verb "Durer" (to Last) Learn to Conjugate "Répondre" (to Answer) in French Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) How to Pronounce the Letter "Y"in French Is Spanish Really Easier Than French? How French Punctuation Differs From English Do You Know How to Pronounce the 'A' in French?