Nick asked: "Why is "Non, il n'a pas vu Paul ou Sam" incorrect?"

AurélieKwiziq language super star

Nick asked: "Why is "Non, il n'a pas vu Paul ou Sam" incorrect?"

Isn't there a subtle difference between "No, he hasn't seen Paul or Sam" vs "No, he has seen neither Paul nor Sam"?
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Nick !

I agree that in English you could indeed use either "No, he hasn't seen Paul or Sam" or "No, he has seen neither Paul nor Sam" with very little alteration of meaning, however in French, the correct way to express this idea of "multiple negated elements" is by using "ni...ni...".

I hope that's helpful!

Merci et à bientôt !

DanielA2
Shouldn't you change the english sentence into "No, he hasn't seen neither Paul nor Sam"? I made the same "error" answering because I didn't feel I need "ni... ni..." here.

Nick asked: "Why is "Non, il n'a pas vu Paul ou Sam" incorrect?"

Isn't there a subtle difference between "No, he hasn't seen Paul or Sam" vs "No, he has seen neither Paul nor Sam"?

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