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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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Je ne regrette rien!
I regret nothing!


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.



rien = nothing


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


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