Ne ... ni ... ni = Neither ... nor (negation)

Whereas in English you have three ways to express the negation - not either… or / neither… nor… / not... or... - in French, you only use ne... ni... ni...

Je n'ai regardé ni Dexter ni Breaking Bad.I haven't watched either Dexter or Breaking Bad.

Je n'ai regardé ni Dexter ni Breaking Bad.I have neither watched Dexter nor Breaking Bad.

Je n'ai regardé ni Dexter ni Breaking Bad.I haven't watched Dexter or Breaking Bad.

Here are more examples:

Je ne veux ni chanter ni danser.I neither want to sing nor dance.

Je n'aime ni le fromage ni le lait.I like neither cheese nor milk.

Il ne veut ni vin ni eau.He wants neither wine nor water.

ATTENTION:

When using ni, you omit the article after niunless you're talking about general things and using le, la, l', les.

 

You can also use the expression "nimore than twice.
Il n'ni frères ni soeurs ni cousins.He has neither brothers nor sisters nor cousins.

 

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Je n'aime ni le fromage ni le lait.I like neither cheese nor milk.
Il ne veut ni vin ni eau.He wants neither wine nor water.
Je n'ai regardé ni Dexter ni Breaking Bad.I have neither watched Dexter nor Breaking Bad.
Je n'ai regardé ni Dexter ni Breaking Bad.I haven't watched either Dexter or Breaking Bad.
Je ne veux ni chanter ni danser.I neither want to sing nor dance.
Je n'ai regardé ni Dexter ni Breaking Bad.I haven't watched Dexter or Breaking Bad.

more than twice


Il n'ni frères ni soeurs ni cousins.He has neither brothers nor sisters nor cousins.
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