translation / vocabulary of the video show / hide

  3.9 Negation

The negation of Spanish sentences is pretty simple. Take the word no and put it in front of the verb that you want to negate.

Yo compro la casa = I buy the house.
Yo no compro la casa = I do not buy the house.

In English there is still the modal verb to be used before the not and the main verb. No need to worry about them. Just take the no, put it in front of the main verb and that's it.

  Some little specialties are to be taken into consideration

  If the pronouns nadie, nunca or tampoco
are in front of the verb, the negation particle no is not used. But if nadie, nunca or tampoco are used after the verb, the negation particle no is to be used.
 nadie = nobody
 nunca = never
 tampoco = not ... either

  Nadie quiere comprar la casa.
  La casa no la quiere comprar nadie.

  Nunca recibe dinero.
  No recibe nunca dinero.

  Él tampoco sabe hablar español.
  Él no sabe español tampoco.

As also in English you can use more negation words, which won't get you plusses in style. But the sentence will always stay a negative one. In math you can take two minuses and you'll have a plus, here you still have a minus.

  No habla con nadie.

contact privacy statement imprint