How to say Not in French = ne (verb) pas

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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 immediately test your knowledge on how to say not in French
  • how you can download Anki files for how to say not in French

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

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

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

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.

Test Your Knowledge on How to say Not in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

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

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

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.

Anki File for How to say Not in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1 you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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