what's the difference between "non plus" and "ni" they both seem to mean neither and nor

Milton

Kwiziq community member

29 April 2017

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what's the difference between "non plus" and "ni" they both seem to mean neither and nor

This question relates to:
French lesson "Non plus = neither / nor (negation)"

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

29 April 2017

29/04/17

Hi Milton - good question. Here's how ne... ni... is used: https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/how-to-use-ne-ni-ni-neither-nor-negation

This construct is used when you have a 'neither X nor Y (nor Z)' list of things, whereas 'non plus' appears after one person or thing.

sue

Kwiziq community member

29 April 2017

29/04/17

ni ...... ni is where in English you would use neither... nor. Non plus is used for example if someone says I am not cold you could say -me neither, or neither am I . It will follow a phrase in the negative as in English. If someone says I am hot you would say so am I or me too, and not neither.

Milton

Kwiziq community member

29 April 2017

29/04/17

Thank you very much Gruff and Sue. I get it now. You can say "je n'aime ni le fromage ni le lait" with the ni....ni construction, and with non plus when someone says "je n'aime le fromage" you can say "non plus".

Apumarode

Kwiziq community member

14 November 2018

14/11/18

You mean "Je n'aime pas le fromage"?

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