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gta asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 9 years ago

French: Indefinite Adjectives?

Please: one textbook states that 'aucun', ''nul', pas un' ' all mean the same: “none, not any'

Cortina 207].

Elsewhere, I read that 'aucun' means, instead, not a single', and 'nul means, instead, 'nowhere',

Your opinions, please [and define please 'pas un'].

Thx!

Also, another textbook calls these words 'negative adverbs' [instead of 'indefinite adjectives']. Their true name?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Aucun is an indefinite adjective when it's used with a noun :

    "Je ne vois aucun problème" .

    Aucun is an indefinite pronoun when it replaces a noun .

    "Bill a 5 frères et aucun n'habite ici ". ( Aucun replaces frère ).

    Aucun is a part of an adverb of negation ( negative adverb ) when it's associated with the adverb "ne" .

    As aucun is always associated with ne, either it be a noun or a pronoun, it's always a half of a negative adverb .

    Nul is an indefinite adjective when it's used with a noun :

    " Il n' y a nulle difficulté" ( synonym : Il n'y a aucune difficulté ").

    Nul is an indefinite pronoun when it replaces a noun .

    "Nul ne doit ignorer la loi" ( Nul replaces no human ) .

    Nul is a part of an adverb of negation ( negative adverb ) when it's associated with the adverb "ne" .

    As nul is always associated with ne, either it be a noun or a pronoun, it's always a half of a negative adverb .

    :NOTE : The indefinite adjective Nul can be associated to the noun "part" in the negative adverb " Nulle part" . This is the translation of Nowhere .

    Aucun, nul, pas un ( literally "not one" ) all mean none, not any, not a single which all have the same significance . The choice of one or another depends more on a subjective choice and a custom than on a grammar rule .

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  • Abb_
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    actually ... ''pas un'' means: not a single

    ''aucun'' means: no one (if used with persons) and not a single (if used with an object)

    ''nul'' means: none or nothing ....it depends on when you use it.

    you can not call them ''negative adverbs''.... i have never heard of that !

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  • zerr
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    3 years ago

    there is not any recognizable trend as for adjectives getting in the previous or after. finally, you would know which works the place. And 'de' is a particle of provenance. It capacity from, derived from. Épis de maïs -> Ear(stem) of corn. Fleur de trèfle -> Clover flower (flower from clovers). Biscuits d'Italie (cookies from italy).

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