Ne ... aucun(e) = None (negation)

Look at these negative sentences:

Je n'ai aucune idée!
I have no idea!

Tu as une soeur? Aucune!
Do you have a sister? None!

Il n'aime aucun programme de télé-réalité.
He likes no TV-reality show.

Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.
We bought no car.

The construction ne… aucun/aucune + [thing] means none or not one, or no [thing]

Note that aucun must agree in gender with the thing it refers to

BUT 

aucun/aucune never agree in number (singular/plural): as they describe an absence of things, they're always singular

See also the more advanced Aucun/e … ne = None of them (negation)

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Tu as une soeur? Aucune!
Do you have a sister? None!


Nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture.
We bought no car.


Je n'ai aucune idée!
I have no idea!


Il n'aime aucun programme de télé-réalité.
He likes no TV-reality show.


Q&A

Ron

Kwiziq community member

26 May 2018

5 replies

On lesson Ne...aucun(e) grade A2 there is no facility to go back or onto the next lesson.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 May 2018

29/05/18

Hi Ron,


Aurélie has added a link to the other lesson on aucun(e). Hope this is what you meant...

Ron

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2018

30/05/18

The problem was that if I was looking at lesson 8 for example and I wanted to check something in lesson 7, when I tapped on previous lesson it went back to lesson1. I just thought it was something overlooked in the changes that have been made.

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

30 May 2018

30/05/18

Hi Ron - I'm assuming that you were looking at the lessons from the context of your dashboard studylist in order for there to be a lesson order and next and previous buttons? Or was it from a notebook or other list? I'll log a ticket, but in future please contact support for technical issues like these as the Q&A is meant for language-related questions.


Merci !

Ron

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2018

30/05/18

I only used that lesson as an example. I wanted to bring to your attention that when looking at the list of ten lessons one can go forward to the next lesson.But if you want to go the previous lesson, if you tap on previous lesson and it takes you to lesson one.

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

31 May 2018

31/05/18

Thanks Ron - we'll look into it and get that fixed. In future, please report bugs or technical questions via the 'contact us' section or by email as they will usually then get to the technical team more quickly. 

Paul

Kwiziq community member

5 April 2018

2 replies

Thanks Chris. That's a little more confusing than I expected because it says in the lesson that aucun/aucune are always singular.

I know this should be an answer to your question Chris but there is a bug in Kwiziq that sometimes doesn't all submitting new questions or answers.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 April 2018

6/04/18

Aucun/e is almost always in singular. There aren't that many words which exist only in plural, so this really is a rare exception. So don't waste any time nor worry on this.


-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

6 April 2018

6/04/18

Hi Paul - thanks for pointing out the bug. We've fixed it now.

Paul

Kwiziq community member

4 April 2018

3 replies

Can you please give some examples of aucun/e with plural nouns?

Salut. On ecrit que aucun/e est toujours singular, mais qu'est ce que un example de aucun/e avec le nom plural?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 April 2018

5/04/18

Hi Paul, here is one:


Nous ne vous compterons aucuns frais supplémentaires. -- We will not charge you any additional fees.


This happens with nouns that exist only in a plural form (such as frais).


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

18 April 2018

18/04/18

Hi Paul,


As Chris rightly says 'aucuns' is used in its plural form, only when the word that follows it is usually always in the plural like 'frais'.


Other instances will include words like 'fiançailles', 'vacances''travaux publics', 'obsèques' etc. so it is quite rare.


e.g.


Aucuns travaux publics n'auront lieu le dimanche. (No public works will take place on Sundays.)


Aucunes vacances scolaires ne sont programmées en juin. (No school holidays are programmed for June.)


Hope this helps!


 

Paul

Kwiziq community member

18 April 2018

18/04/18

Very helpful Cécile, thank you .

Abby

Kwiziq community member

13 June 2017

1 reply

With perfect tense?

Salut, In the example it says 'nous n'avons acheté aucune voiture' so does this not follow the normal rule with negatives that it goes around the auxiliary verb in the perfect tense? Merci!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 June 2017

14/06/17

Bonjour Abby !

Here it doesn't as "aucun/e" acts like an indefinite article to "voiture", hence its agreement:
-> We bought *no* car."
"Aucun/e" will always be placed before the noun it refers to, just like an article or an adjective.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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