Ne ... pas non plus = Not ... either (negation)

Look at these sentences:

Je ne regarde pas non plus la télé.
I don't watch TV either.

 

Je n'y vais pas, et toi?  -Non, je n'y vais pas non plus.
I'm not going, you?  -No, I'm not going either.

Laura ne se lève pas tôt.
- Thomas ne se lève pas tôt non plus.

Laura doesn't get up early.
- Thomas doesn't get up early either.

 

When you want to express that someone is not doing something either, you need to use the negative expression ne ... pas non plus.

Note that while ne is always before the verb, pas and non plus can be separated in the sentence, and non plus placed before OR after the object of the verb:

Je ne regarde pas non plus la télé.
I don't watch TV either.

Je ne regarde pas la télé non plus.
I don't watch TV either.

  

In the case of adverbs, pas and non plus are always separated.

Il ne joue pas souvent au foot, et toi ? -Je n'y joue pas souvent non plus.
He doesn't play football often, and you? 
- I don't play often either.

 

 

See also the simpler lesson Non plus = neither / nor (negation) 

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Examples and resources

Laura ne se lève pas tôt.
- Thomas ne se lève pas tôt non plus.

Laura doesn't get up early.
- Thomas doesn't get up early either.


Je ne regarde pas non plus la télé.
I don't watch TV either.


Je déteste Luc. - Je ne l'aime pas non plus.
I hate Luc. - I don't like him either.


Je ne regarde pas la télé non plus.
I don't watch TV either.


Il ne joue pas souvent au foot, et toi ? -Je n'y joue pas souvent non plus.
He doesn't play football often, and you? 
- I don't play often either.


Je n'y vais pas, et toi?  -Non, je n'y vais pas non plus.
I'm not going, you?  -No, I'm not going either.


Q&A

Latha

Kwiziq community member

1 November 2018

1 reply

Je n'y vais pas, et toi? -Non, je n'y vais pas non plus. I'm not going, you? -No, I'm not going either.wanted to know the usage of y here please

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

1 November 2018

1/11/18

Hi Latha, 

Take a look at the following lesson :

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/the-adverbial-pronoun-y-means-there

Hope this helps!

 

 

 

 

Jocelyn

Kwiziq community member

9 June 2018

2 replies

Why is there a ‘y’ in this sentence?

Il ne joue pas souvent au foot, et toi ? -Je n'y joue pas souvent non plus.

I don’t play often either.

This is one of the examples above.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

11 June 2018

11/06/18

Hi Jocelyn,

The expression is 'jouer à'..., the y replaces 'au foot'.

Take a look at the following lesson for more examples.

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/the-adverbial-pronoun-y-can-replace-a-thing-object-location

Hope this helps!

Jocelyn

Kwiziq community member

30 June 2018

30/06/18

Thank you so much for you help!

Stuart

Kwiziq community member

27 December 2017

2 replies

Elle ne joue pas de flûte non plus

I thought instruments were ‘joue de la’ (in this case flûte) - is there a reason the ‘la’ has fallen off in this example?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

28 December 2017

28/12/17

The article is gone due to the negation.

This is true for pretty much everything, not just musical instruments.

"J'ai du lait." -- I've got milk.

"Je n'ai plus de lait." -- I don't have any milk left.

-- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 December 2017

29/12/17

Bonjour Stuart !

To complete Chris' answer, here's our related lesson on the subject:

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/the-partitive-article-in-negative-sentences

Bonne journée !

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