Negative constructions


Other negatives – nie, niemals

Other frequently used negative words in German are nie ‘never’ and its slightly more formal alternative niemals: Gaby geht nie ins Kino. Gaby never goes to the cinema. Er war niemals in Berlin. He’s never been to Berlin. The pronoun nichts Nichts is the pronoun form of nicht and corresponds to the English ‘(not) anything’ or ‘nothing’: Das bedeutet nichts. Ich höre nichts. This doesn’t mean anythi... »

Position of nicht

The position of nicht in a sentence depends on whether the whole sentence or only parts of it are negated and what other elements, such as adjectives or expressions of time, the sentence contains. Negating a whole sentence When negating a whole sentence, nicht can appear in several positions. • nicht normally moves to the end in simple structures with a direct or indirect object or an expression o... »

Two main forms for negatives – nicht and kein

There are two main ways of constructing negatives in German – using nicht or kein: Das verstehen wir nicht. We don’t understand that. Er hat kein Auto. He doesn’t have a car Here are both forms in more detail. nicht in more detail When to use nicht Nicht is used in negative constructions with adjectives and verbs: Der Wein war nicht teuer. (adjective) The wine was not expensive. Es funktioniert ni... »