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20 March 2019
More on personne vs aucun
R.e. this question:
Tous les gosses y vont, mais ________ prend le train.
User "Lolli" in Jan 2018 asked if "personne ne" would also be correct in this sentence (in addition to the "correct" answer of "aucun ne"). I think that in spoken conversation, "personne ne" would be acceptable and convey equivalent meaning. There hasn't yet been a definitive response as to whether "personne ne" is acceptable grammatically.
Can anyone provide definitive guidance on this?
(Maybe the kwiziq website logic can't accommodate unanticipated responses?)
This question relates to:French lesson "Aucun/e … ne = None of them (negation)"
21 March 2019
In my understanding, "personne ne" also is a statement about people not in the group, whereas "aucun/e" refers to the people in the group only.
Tous les gosses y vont, mais personne ne prend le train. -- All the guys go there, but no one took the train. (Not even people apart from the "guys").
Tous les gosses y vont, mais aucun ne prend le train. -- All the guys go there, but none (of them) took the train.
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