I miss nothing?

John

Kwiziq community member

8 August 2016

4 replies

I miss nothing?

How would you say I miss nothing? Je ne manque rien? Thanks.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Manquer (de) + thing = To miss / lack something"

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

8 August 2016

8/08/16

Bonjour John, No, you still need the preposition: Je ne manque de rien.

John

Kwiziq community member

8 August 2016

8/08/16

Hmm, so how do I know whether it means "I lack nothing" or "I miss nothing"? How come "I miss the train" doesn't require the preposition "de" but "I miss nothing" does?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

8 August 2016

8/08/16

Perhaps I misunderstood what you were trying to say. What do you feel is the difference between "I miss nothing" and "I lack nothing"? For me, they're the same thing - I have everything I need in terms of physical objects that you possess. Missing a train or school is different - you're not physically missing them in the sense that you're unable to hold them in your hands. Rather, you were supposed to be in / on them and weren't - you missed catching / being at them. Does that make sense?

DeAnna

Kwiziq community member

17 July 2018

17/07/18

As a native USA speaker, when I hear “I miss nothing” I understand that to mean “Nothing escapes my notice... I miss no detail... nothing gets by me”.  The french phrase “Je ne manque rien” makes sense to me in this context  

However “I lack nothing” is very different and means “I have everything I need”.   Here I would use “Je ne manque de rien”

Would a french native weigh in on that please?

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