More on personne vs aucun

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neville

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20 March 2019

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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)"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 March 2019

21/03/19

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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