How to say Nothing in French [+9 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to say nothing in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say nothing in French
  • how the negation is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say nothing in French
  • the way Anki files can be downloaded for how to say nothing in French

Please refer to the French B1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say nothing in French!

Table of Contents

How to say Nothing in French

To say ‘nothing’ in French, you will use the following expression:

  • rien ne… = nothing…

Rien ne manque.

Nothing is missing.

Rien ne fonctionne.

Nothing works.

Rien ne changera.

Nothing will change.

Rien ne me fait peur.

Nothing scares me.

Rien ne dure éternellement.

Nothing lasts forever.

Rien ne s’est passé.

Nothing happened.

Rien n’est plus important que la santé.

Nothing is more important than health.

You can also flip this construction to

  • ne … rien

Je n’ai rien.

I have nothing.

If you want to revert it back, then it would like this:

Rien n’est connu.

Nothing is known.

Sentences Overview of How to say Nothing in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say nothing in French is about seeing the negation in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say nothing in French through examples.

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

Rien ne manque.

Nothing is missing.

Rien ne fonctionne.

Nothing works.

Rien ne changera.

Nothing will change.

Rien ne me fait peur.

Nothing scares me.

Rien ne dure éternellement.

Nothing lasts forever.

Rien ne s’est passé.

Nothing happened.

Rien n’est plus important que la santé.

Nothing is more important than health.

Je n’ai rien.

I have nothing.

Rien n’est connu.

Nothing is known.

Quiz Yourself on How to say Nothing 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 How to say Nothing 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 B1 you can practice every French B1 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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