Ne ... rien = Nothing (negation)

Look at these examples:

Je n'ai rien!I have nothing.

Je ne sais rien!I know nothing!

Je ne regrette rien!I regret nothing!

Ça va ? - Oui, ce n'est rien.Are you ok? - Yes, it's nothing.

Notice that to say "nothing / not...anything" with a verb, you wrap the two words ne… rien around the verb.

N.B: you can also use rien on its own to mean 'nothing'.

Qu'est-ce que tu veux? Rien.What would you like? Nothing.

 

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Ça va ? - Oui, ce n'est rien.Are you ok? - Yes, it's nothing.
Je ne sais rien!I know nothing!
Je n'ai rien!I have nothing.
Je ne regrette rien!I regret nothing!

rien = nothing


Qu'est-ce que tu veux? Rien.What would you like? Nothing.
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