Ne ... aucun(e) = None (negation)

Look at these negative sentences:

Je n'ai aucune idée!
I have no idea!

Tu as une soeur? Aucune!
Do you have a sister? None!

Il n'aime aucun programme de télé-réalité.
He likes no TV-reality show.

Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.
We bought no car.

The construction ne… aucun/aucune + [thing] means none or not one, or no [thing]

Note that aucun must agree in gender with the thing it refers to

BUT 

aucun/aucune never agree in number (singular/plural): as they describe an absence of things, they're always singular

See also the more advanced Aucun/e … ne = None of them (negation)

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Je n'ai aucune idée!
I have no idea!


Il n'aime aucun programme de télé-réalité.
He likes no TV-reality show.



Tu as une soeur? Aucune!
Do you have a sister? None!


Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.
We bought no car.


Q&A Forum 7 questions, 17 answers

RuthA2Kwiziq community member

Why is “nous n’avons pas eu” translated as “we never have” rather than “we never had”

I got the sentence “Nous n’avons pas eu....” wrong because I translated it as “We never had...”

Asked 1 month agoPasse compose
CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Ruth,

Do you remember the full context ?

Why is “nous n’avons pas eu” translated as “we never have” rather than “we never had”

I got the sentence “Nous n’avons pas eu....” wrong because I translated it as “We never had...”

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SagarB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Placement of 'aucun/e' in passé composé

I found this sentence interesting:

Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.

Don't both parts of a negation (ne + plus/jamais/que/etc) usually go before the participle?

Asked 8 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Mostly, yes. But not always. Aucune refers to voiture and therefore goes right before it. 

SagarB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Merci pour votre réponse, Chris !

Placement of 'aucun/e' in passé composé

I found this sentence interesting:

Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.

Don't both parts of a negation (ne + plus/jamais/que/etc) usually go before the participle?

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JohannaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

N’avoir pas de vs n’avoir aucune de

whats the difference between je n’ai pas de chen and je n’ai aucune chien

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Je n'ai pas de chien. -- I don't have a dog. 

Je n'ai aucun chien. -- I don't have any dog. 

With aucun/aucune the negation is stronger. 

JohannaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Does the aucune form imply anything like distaste for dogs ( in this case )?  Eg, I dont  have any dog and don’t want ever want one? 
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
No, not really. 

N’avoir pas de vs n’avoir aucune de

whats the difference between je n’ai pas de chen and je n’ai aucune chien

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RonC1Kwiziq community member

On lesson Ne...aucun(e) grade A2 there is no facility to go back or onto the next lesson.

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Ron,

Aurélie has added a link to the other lesson on aucun(e). Hope this is what you meant...

RonC1Kwiziq community member
The problem was that if I was looking at lesson 8 for example and I wanted to check something in lesson 7, when I tapped on previous lesson it went back to lesson1. I just thought it was something overlooked in the changes that have been made.
GruffKwiziq team member

Hi Ron - I'm assuming that you were looking at the lessons from the context of your dashboard studylist in order for there to be a lesson order and next and previous buttons? Or was it from a notebook or other list? I'll log a ticket, but in future please contact support for technical issues like these as the Q&A is meant for language-related questions.

Merci !

RonC1Kwiziq community member
I only used that lesson as an example. I wanted to bring to your attention that when looking at the list of ten lessons one can go forward to the next lesson.But if you want to go the previous lesson, if you tap on previous lesson and it takes you to lesson one.
GruffKwiziq team member
Thanks Ron - we'll look into it and get that fixed. In future, please report bugs or technical questions via the 'contact us' section or by email as they will usually then get to the technical team more quickly. 

On lesson Ne...aucun(e) grade A2 there is no facility to go back or onto the next lesson.

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PaulC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks Chris. That's a little more confusing than I expected because it says in the lesson that aucun/aucune are always singular.

I know this should be an answer to your question Chris but there is a bug in Kwiziq that sometimes doesn't all submitting new questions or answers.
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Aucun/e is almost always in singular. There aren't that many words which exist only in plural, so this really is a rare exception. So don't waste any time nor worry on this.

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

GruffKwiziq team member
Hi Paul - thanks for pointing out the bug. We've fixed it now.

Thanks Chris. That's a little more confusing than I expected because it says in the lesson that aucun/aucune are always singular.

I know this should be an answer to your question Chris but there is a bug in Kwiziq that sometimes doesn't all submitting new questions or answers.

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PaulC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Can you please give some examples of aucun/e with plural nouns?

Salut. On ecrit que aucun/e est toujours singular, mais qu'est ce que un example de aucun/e avec le nom plural?
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Paul,

As Chris rightly says 'aucuns' is used in its plural form, only when the word that follows it is usually always in the plural like 'frais'.

Other instances will include words like 'fiançailles', 'vacances''travaux publics', 'obsèques' etc. so it is quite rare.

e.g.

Aucuns travaux publics n'auront lieu le dimanche. (No public works will take place on Sundays.)

Aucunes vacances scolaires ne sont programmées en juin. (No school holidays are programmed for June.)

Hope this helps!

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Paul, here is one:

Nous ne vous compterons aucuns frais supplémentaires. -- We will not charge you any additional fees.

This happens with nouns that exist only in a plural form (such as frais).

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

PaulC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Very helpful Cécile, thank you .

Can you please give some examples of aucun/e with plural nouns?

Salut. On ecrit que aucun/e est toujours singular, mais qu'est ce que un example de aucun/e avec le nom plural?

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AbbyA1Kwiziq community member

With perfect tense?

Salut, In the example it says 'nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture' so does this not follow the normal rule with negatives that it goes around the auxiliary verb in the perfect tense? Merci!
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Abby ! Here it doesn't as "aucun/e" acts like an indefinite article to "voiture", hence its agreement: -> We bought *no* car." "Aucun/e" will always be placed before the noun it refers to, just like an article or an adjective. I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

With perfect tense?

Salut, In the example it says 'nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture' so does this not follow the normal rule with negatives that it goes around the auxiliary verb in the perfect tense? Merci!

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