Personne ne ..., rien ne ... = No one, nothing (negation)

Look at these examples:

Rien ne me dérange.Nothing bothers me.

Personne n'est encore arrivé.  No one has arrived yet.

Personne ne mange.No one is eating.

Rien n'est arrivé.Nothing arrived.
Nothing happened.

Rien ne s'est passé.Nothing happened.

Note that the negative expressions ne... personne (e.g. I see no one) and ne ... rien (e.g. I see nothing) can be reversed into personne ne ... (e.g. No one/Nobody sees) and rien ne ... (e.g. Nothing comes).

Note that you still need to use the negative ne with personne or rien.
You cannot say "Personne vient" or "Rien est bien". 

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Examples and resources

Rien n'est arrivé.Nothing arrived.
Nothing happened.
Personne n'aime attendre dans le froid, et on est en février!No one likes to wait in the cold, and it's February!
Personne n'est encore arrivé.  No one has arrived yet.
Rien ne me dérange.Nothing bothers me.
Personne ne mange.No one is eating.
Rien ne s'est passé.Nothing happened.
Personne ne veut embrasser quelqu'un qui a mauvaise haleine. Beurk!Nobody wants to kiss someone with bad breath! Yuk!
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