Languages › Spanish Learn How to Properly Use the Spanish Conjunction 'Ni' Closest Equivalent in English Is Word 'Nor' Share Flipboard Email Print Learn the fundamentals of the Spanish word "ni.". Corina Gallardo / EyeEm / Getty Images Spanish Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation Vocabulary Writing Skills By Gerald Erichsen Spanish Language Expert B.A., Seattle Pacific University Gerald Erichsen is a Spanish language expert who has created Spanish lessons for ThoughtCo since 1998. our editorial process Gerald Erichsen Updated January 27, 2019 The Spanish conjunction ni is the equivalent of the English "nor," and sometimes it is used in different ways than "nor" would be used. Different Uses of Ni In addition to being used as a direct translation of "nor," ni can be used two or more times in succession to mean "neither...nor" and it can mean "not even." In many cases in the English translations "nor" is used for clarity, even though the translation is correct if it is translated as "or." Do not be surprised by double negatives in Spanish. Although shunned in English, Spanish commonly uses double negatives to deliver emphasis. Ni As the Equivalent of 'Nor' Ni is the equivalent of "nor" when it follows a verb that is preceded by no or another negation word such as nunca or jamás. Spanish Sentence English Translation No quiere oír ni hablar de su hijo. She doesn't want to hear or [nor] speak about her son. No puedo encontrarlo ni descargarlo. I can't see it or [nor] download it. Nunca estudia ni hace nada. He never studies or [nor] does anything. No compré palomitas ni refrescos. I didn't buy popcorn or [nor] soft drinks. Ni Used as 'Neither ... Nor' Ni used twice or several times in succession can be used as the equivalent of "neither ... nor." In Spanish, ni precedes each item in the series. Spanish Sentence English Translation Ni sus creadores ni administradores son responsables. Neither its creators nor its administrators are responsible. Será ni más ni menos verdadero. It will be neither more nor less true. Ni nosotros ni el club hemos recibido nada. Neither we nor the club have received anything. Es como si mi blog hubiera desaparecido, porque no puedo verlo, ni yo ni nadie. It is as if my blog had disappeared, because I can't see it, not I, nor anybody. No me dabas amor, ni dinero, ni joyas ni nada. You give me neither love, money, jewels nor anything. Ya no habrá muerte, ni luto, ni llanto, ni dolor. There will be neither death, mourning, tears nor pain. When Ni Means 'Not Even' Ni can be used to mean "not even," in the form of ni siquiera. The word siquiera is usually optional. Ni siquiera is the more emphatic form. Spanish Sentence English Translation Ni (siquiera) lo imaginábamos. We didn't even imagine it. Ni (siquiera) la supermodelo es inmune a los estragos del tiempo. Not even the supermodel is immune to the ravages of time. Ni (siquiera) Einstein era capaz de entenderlo. Not even Einstein was capabale of understanding. No tengo ni (siquiera) una moneda. I don't even have one coin. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Erichsen, Gerald. "Learn How to Properly Use the Spanish Conjunction 'Ni'." ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020, thoughtco.com/using-ni-in-spanish-3079172. Erichsen, Gerald. (2020, August 27). Learn How to Properly Use the Spanish Conjunction 'Ni'. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/using-ni-in-spanish-3079172 Erichsen, Gerald. "Learn How to Properly Use the Spanish Conjunction 'Ni'." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/using-ni-in-spanish-3079172 (accessed May 16, 2021). copy citation Double Negatives? They're OK in Spanish Using 'No' and Related Words in Spanish When to Use a Singular or Plural Verb in Spanish How To Say 'Never' in Spanish Using the Spanish 'No' How To Use the Spanish Pronoun ‘Nada’ Direct Translation for Any in Spanish Saying ‘Even’ in Spanish 10 Facts About Spanish Conjunctions Using ‘Ninguno’ and Related Words in Spanish Using the Spanish Conjunction ‘Y’ Patterns of Similarity and Difference in Spanish and English Grammatical Differences Between Spanish and English Using 'Nadie' in Spanish Using the Present Perfect Tense Using 'Pero,' 'Sino,' and Other Words for 'But'