Created using FigmaCreated using Figma

Ne ... pas grand-chose = Not much (negation)

Look at these negative sentences:

Hier je n'ai pas fait grand-chose
Yesterday I didn't do much

Paula ne pense pas grand-chose de l'environnement
Paula doesn't think much of the environment

In French, to say not much, we use the expression ne/n' ... pas grand-chose (literally "no big thing").

Note that you can also use pas grand-chose on its own:

Tu as fait quoi ce weekend? - Pas grand-chose.
What did you do this weekend? - Not much.

BUT

You can never use grand-chose to express much, this exists solely as a negative expression.

 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Paula ne pense pas grand-chose de l'environnement
Paula doesn't think much of the environment


Hier je n'ai pas fait grand-chose
Yesterday I didn't do much


Tu as fait quoi ce weekend? - Pas grand-chose.
What did you do this weekend? - Not much.


Q&A

Dory

Kwiziq community member

29 December 2017

4 replies

Why is it grand-chose and not grande-chose?

Jim

Kwiziq community member

30 December 2017

30/12/17

Because grand-chose in an adverb and not a noun.

Dory

Kwiziq community member

1 January 2018

1/01/18

Thanks for your reply Jim and happy new year!

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

28 February 2018

28/02/18

Hi Dory,


I can see your point since "chose" being feminine the logical deduction would be that "grand" should be "grande".


However, the expression "pas grand-chose " is always like that. Apparently in olden French it would have been spelt "grand'chose" which normally indicates there's a letter missing but in modern French we just accept the expression is "grand-chose" and don't bat an eyelid!


Hope this helps!


 


 

Dory

Kwiziq community member

2 March 2018

2/03/18

Thanks Cécile, that's helpful. Does the same go for grand-mère?

Jason

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2016

1 reply

Using grand-choose instead of beaucoup

First, thanks for the great lessons. This is the most flexible and best online solution I've found, and I've been really impressed by this q n a forum. That said, when do you use grand-chose vs beaucoup?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 December 2016

13/12/16

Bonjour Jason !

Actually, you can never use "grand-chose" on its own to express "much".
I've realised the lesson phrasing was a bit confusing on this one, and thanks to you, I've now clarified this.

Merci et à bientôt !
Let me take a look at that...