Nick asked: "Why is "Non, il n'a pas vu Paul ou Sam" incorrect?"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 September 2016

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Nick asked: "Why is "Non, il n'a pas vu Paul ou Sam" incorrect?"

Isn't there a subtle difference between "No, he hasn't seen Paul or Sam" vs "No, he has seen neither Paul nor Sam"?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Ne ... ni ... ni = Neither ... nor (negation)"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 September 2016

14/09/16

Bonjour Nick !

I agree that in English you could indeed use either "No, he hasn't seen Paul or Sam" or "No, he has seen neither Paul nor Sam" with very little alteration of meaning, however in French, the correct way to express this idea of "multiple negated elements" is by using "ni...ni...".

I hope that's helpful!

Merci et à bientôt !

Daniel

Kwiziq community member

8 September 2017

8/09/17

Shouldn't you change the english sentence into "No, he hasn't seen neither Paul nor Sam"? I made the same "error" answering because I didn't feel I need "ni... ni..." here.

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