Apprendre la Langue Française (Part 51): Non!


Saying no in French is pretty simple, but there are quite a few synonyms and precisions to be aware of.

Non – No
Non is the basic, standard French word for “no.”

Non, je n’aime pas skier. No, I don’t like to ski.

Ah non, oh non – Oh no

Ah non and oh non express disappointment, like “oh no!” or “darn it!”

Ah non! Ça ne marche pas! Oh no! It doesn’t work!

Non à – No to…

Non à is followed by a noun to mean “(say) no to” or “down with,” especially in protests and demonstrations.

Non au CPE! No to the First Job Contract!

Here are some other synonyms for and expressions with non:

Absolument pas – Absolutely not

Aucun (problème, argent, etc.) – No (problem, money, etc.)

Bien sûr que non – Of course not

Certainement pas – Certainly not

Des clous! (familiar) – No way!

Je crois que non – I don’t think so

Je ne dis pas non – I wouldn’t say no

Mais non – Of course not

Moi non – Not me, I don’t

N’est-ce pas? – No? Right? Isn’t it?

Niet! (familiar) – No way!

Non merci – No thank you

Non et non! – Absolutely not!

Non que + subjunctive – Not that…

…ou non? – …(are/will/do you + verb) or not?

Pas de (problème, temps, pain, etc.) – No (problem, time, bread, etc.)

Pas du tout – Not at all

Pas questions! (familiar) – No way! Not a chance!

Que non! – Absolutely not!


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