How to say Not in French = Ne (Verb) Pas [+10 Examples & Quiz]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to say not in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say not in French
  • how to say it’s not in French
  • how not and it’s not are used in French sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say not in French
  • how to practice with flashcards on how to say not in French
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say not in French!

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How to say Not in French = Ne [Verb] Pas

In English it is quite easy to say “not“:

I am glad.

I am not glad.

All you need to do is add a “not” after the verb.

In French you need to add two words to say “not“:

  • ne [verb] pas.

Using the same example as above we get the following:

Je suis content.

I am glad.

Je ne suis pas content.

I am not glad.

You can see that the verb in this sentence is “suis“.

We wrapped the ne…pas around it to make a negation.

Here’s another example:

Je suis prêt.

I am ready.

Je ne suis pas prêt.

I am not ready.

If the verb starts with a vowel or a mute h, then we use the following negation:

  • n'[verb] pas

As you can see the ne has become n.

J’habite ici.

I live here.

Je n’habite pas ici.

I don’t live here.

So two wrap it up, here are the two forms for how to say “not in French:

  • ne [verb] pas.
  • n'[verb] pas (if the verb starts with a vowel or a mute h)

How to say It’s Not in French = Ce N’est Pas

One very important idiom in French is c’est (it’s).

If you want to say “it’s not” in French, then you would use the following negation:

  • ce n’est pas.

You conjugate être in the il/elle/on form to make it est.

This is something that you wil use often in French, so it’s important to know it by heart.

Here are some examples for you:

C’est la meilleure solution.

It is the best solution.

Ce n’est pas la meilleure solution.

It is not the best solution.

C’est important pour moi.

It is important to me.

Ce n’est pas important pour moi.

It is not important to me.

Example Sentences with How to say Not in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say not in French is about seeing the negation in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say not in French through examples.

Je suis content.

I am glad.

Je ne suis pas content.

I am not glad.

Je suis prêt.

I am ready.

Je ne suis pas prêt.

I am not ready.

J’habite ici.

I live here.

Je n’habite pas ici.

I don’t live here.

C’est la meilleure solution.

It is the best solution.

Ce n’est pas la meilleure solution.

It is not the best solution.

C’est important pour moi.

It is important to me.

Ce n’est pas important pour moi.

It is not important to me.

Quiz Yourself on How to say Not in French

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Fill in the Blank!Je content.

I am not glad.
Fill in the Blank!Je prêt.

I am not ready.
Fill in the Blank!Je pas ici.

I don’t live here.

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