Ne ... nulle part = Nowhere (negation)

Look at these examples:

J'ai cherché partout, mais je ne l'ai trouvé nulle part.
I looked everywhere, but I didn't find it anywhere.

Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être.
There is nowhere where I would rather be.

Comme il pleuvait, Lise n'est allée nulle part.
As it was raining, Lise didn't go anywhere

Je n'ai vu Mathieu nulle part.
I didn't see Mathieu anywhere.

Il n'est jamais allé nulle part.
He never went anywhere.

 

Ne/n' ... nulle part means nowhere/ not anywhere.

While the negation ne/n' is placed before the conjugated verb as with other negations, it is worth noticing that nulle part is placed at the end of the clause, after the object of the verb (when there is one), and NOT right after the conjugated verb like other negations:

ne/n' + conjugated verb + [object] + [adverb] + nulle part

 

Note that when used on its own, you don't put ne/n'.

Où vas-tu? - Nulle part, pourquoi?
Where are you going? - Nowhere, why?

 

 

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Où vas-tu? - Nulle part, pourquoi?
Where are you going? - Nowhere, why?


Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être.
There is nowhere where I would rather be.


Comme il pleuvait, Lise n'est allée nulle part.
As it was raining, Lise didn't go anywhere


Je n'ai vu Mathieu nulle part.
I didn't see Mathieu anywhere.


J'ai cherché partout, mais je ne l'ai trouvé nulle part.
I looked everywhere, but I didn't find it anywhere.


Il n'est jamais allé nulle part.
He never went anywhere.



Q&A Forum 6 questions, 12 answers

How will this sentence be changed to negation: Il y a la pollution partout. Thanks in advance

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Buuuuuula,

The affirmative statement would be -

Il y a de la pollution partout.

The negative would then become-

Il n'y a pas de pollution nulle part.

Take a look at the following lesson which explains how 'de la' becomes 'de' after pas:

https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/the-partitive-article-in-negative-sentences

Hope this helps!

 

Il n'y a pas de pollution nulle part. 

Merci beaucoup Monsieur Chris. But I still can't understand how 'la' changes to 'de' and why is there Pas ?Also will pollution come before 'nulle part' ? 

Thank you Cécile

How will this sentence be changed to negation: Il y a la pollution partout. Thanks in advance

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Pronunciation of - Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être

I don't hear this being pronounces as  préférerais  BUT as préférais.

I have played it several times.

Asked 8 months ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Dragana !

Indeed, the distinction here is very tenuous, even to Native ears :)Note however that although you can perfectly pronounce the "e" as in [préférerais] (which the updated audio file now does), many French people would pronounce this word as [préférrais], stressing the R and kind of skipping the [e] sound altogether, which makes the nuance very tricky to catch for non-Native ears!

I hope that's helpful!Merci et bonne journée !

Pronunciation of - Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être

I don't hear this being pronounces as  préférerais  BUT as préférais.

I have played it several times.

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When can one use n'importe où instead of nulle part for anywhere

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

Hi Nola,

"nulle part" -- nowhere
"n'importe où" -- anywhere, as in any ol' place.

Ça m'est égal, allons n'importe où. -- I don't care, let's go anywhere.
Il doit rester à la maison, il ne va nulle part. -- He must stay at home, he is not going anywhere.

Hope that helps, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

 

Then if I say 'Hier, Je ne suis allée nulle part' for Yesterday i did not go anywhere ..is right or wrong ps clarify.Still I am not very sure when to use n'apporte où/ nulle part.ps help

When can one use n'importe où instead of nulle part for anywhere

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Il n'est jamais allé nulle part.

In the sound recording of this it sounds like there is "v" or "va" sound between jamais and alle. Not what I would expect. Help, please.
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Melody ! It was actually a "z" sound resulting from the liaison between "jamaiS" and "allé", but I agree that the quality wasn't great. I've now regenerated this sound file. I hope that's helpful! Bonne Année !
Thanks so much!

Il n'est jamais allé nulle part.

In the sound recording of this it sounds like there is "v" or "va" sound between jamais and alle. Not what I would expect. Help, please.

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Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être.

There is nowhere where I would rather be. This English translation is confusing and not something that would be normally said in English Rather: There is nowhere (else) I would rather be. The way it's stated, in English it would mean "I don't have a preference for where I am" . Maybe this IS the intent of the sentence. ?
Asked 2 years ago
Better English: "I don't have a preference AS TO where I am" .
I would have translated it as ‘There is nowhere I would rather be’. You don’t need the word where. 

Il n'y a nulle part où je préférerais être.

There is nowhere where I would rather be. This English translation is confusing and not something that would be normally said in English Rather: There is nowhere (else) I would rather be. The way it's stated, in English it would mean "I don't have a preference for where I am" . Maybe this IS the intent of the sentence. ?

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Noun inside the negation?

In one of the questions on an exam, the correct answer was "Il ne voit Julie nulle part". Why is Julie included in between "ne" and "nulle part" while a sentence like "Il ne voit pas Julie" has Julie outside of the negation?
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Jeffrey, Thank you for your question. "Ne ... nulle part" is indeed a bit different from other negations, and our lesson has now been updated to fully reflect this. Please have a look: https://www.french-test.com/revision/grammar/how-to-say-nowhere-ne-nulle-part-negative-expressions I hope this is helpful! Merci!

Noun inside the negation?

In one of the questions on an exam, the correct answer was "Il ne voit Julie nulle part". Why is Julie included in between "ne" and "nulle part" while a sentence like "Il ne voit pas Julie" has Julie outside of the negation?

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