How to say Neither Nor in French [+9 Examples]

Neither Nor in French

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to say neither nor in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say neither nor in French
  • how the negation is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say neither nor in French
  • the way Anki files can be downloaded for how to say neither nor in French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this negation fits in French A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say neither nor in French!

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Introduction to Neither Nor in French

In English there are many ways to make multiple negative statements such as:

  • neither…nor
  • not…or
  • not either…or

I drink neither coffee nor tea.

No one can get in or out.

She doesn’t speak either English or French.

All of these examples boil down to making multiple negative statements in one sentence.

In English there are many ways to do this.

In French however, there’s just one way to make multiple negative statements in one sentence.

In this lesson, I am going to teach you how to do this!

How to say Neither Nor in French

“Neither…nor” in French can be expressed in the following way:

  • ne…ni…ni = neither…nor

Je ne bois ni café ni thé.

I drink neither coffee nor tea.

Il ne sait lire ni écrire.

He can neither read nor write.

Personne ne peut entrer ni sortir.

No one can get in or out.

Elle ne parle ni anglais ni français.

She doesn’t speak either English or French.

Nous ne savons pas comment ni pourquoi.

We don’t know how or why.

When to use Articles

With this negation you are only allowed to use definite articles (le, la, and les).

However, you only use the definite articles to refer to something in a specific situation.

Je ne veux ni vin ni bière.

I neither want wine nor beer.

This is a general statement. This person just doesn’t want wine or beer, regardless of the situation. Maybe this person doesn’t drink alcohol.

Je n’aime ni le pain ni le fromage.

I neither like the bread nor the cheese.

This is a specific situation. This person is having a meal and declines the bread and cheese. Maybe this person would like to eat these things on another day.

Jean ne prend ni miel ni lait avec son thé.

Jean takes neither honey nor milk with his tea.

This is a general situation. In everyday life, Jean doesn’t take honey or milk in his tea.

Je ne vais manger ni le poulet ni la salade.

I am not going to eat either the chicken or the salad.

This is a statement in a specific situation. The person has looked at the chicken and salad and decided not to eat either of them.

Sentences Overview of Neither Nor in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say neither nor in French is about seeing the negation in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say neither nor in French through examples.

Here you can find the sentences of the previous chapters, neatly stored in one place.

Je ne bois ni café ni thé.

I drink neither coffee nor tea.

Il ne sait lire ni écrire.

He can neither read nor write.

Personne ne peut entrer ni sortir.

No one can get in or out.

Elle ne parle ni anglais ni français.

She doesn’t speak either English or French.

Nous ne savons pas comment ni pourquoi.

We don’t know how or why.

Je ne veux ni vin ni bière.

I neither want wine nor beer.

Je n’aime ni le pain ni le fromage.

I neither like the bread nor the cheese.

Jean ne prend ni miel ni lait avec son thé.

Jean takes neither honey nor milk with his tea.

Je ne vais manger ni le poulet ni la salade.

I am not going to eat either the chicken or the salad.

Quiz Yourself on Neither Nor in French

It’s not enough to just read 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 practice 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 Neither Nor 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 A2 you can practice every French A2 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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