The English "no double negative" grammar rule is opposite in French; you have to have two negative words to make a negative statement in French, such as in your example "Je ne le fais pas."
It doesn't matter what the negative is, there has to be two. The word "rien" being a negative, if you say "Je ne perds rien," the words 'ne' and 'rien' are your two negatives, so 'pas' is unnecessary.
The word 'auncun' is also another negative word in French, meaning "none", such as in the sentence, "Je n'en ai vu aucun" (translated to "I have seen none"). Since it's also a negative, it replaces the 'pas' negative.
Fluent in Fr
· 1 decade ago