Aucun vs. personne

CarolB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Aucun vs. personne

"Without any context, how does one differentiate between "none" and "no one" in the phrase "Aucune n'est arrivee" ?"
Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Carol,

These are two totally different words with totally different meaning and

no one is personne in French. 

Personne n'est arrivé avant 10 h = No one arrived before 10 O'clock 

Personne ne lui a parlé Nobody spoke to her 

Hope that helps!

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Without context, all you know is that 'none (of them) arrived'. Whether 'them' refers to people, or other animate or inanimate things cannot be deduced from the single sentence, although you do know 'them' represents an all feminine gender noun group.

CarolB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Once again, you come to my rescue!  Merci, mille fois, Maarten!!

Aucun vs. personne

"Without any context, how does one differentiate between "none" and "no one" in the phrase "Aucune n'est arrivee" ?"

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