"I do not have a pen and a pencil."
Translation:Nie mam długopisu i ołówka.
Is it correct to say "i" for a negative in Polish? I used "ani", but it was rejected.
It's possible. But you're right "Nie mam długopisu ani ołówka" is a correct. sentence
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The English phrase says "... a pen and a pencil" - not "... a pen nor a pencil", which would be exactly what is in Polish " długopisu ani ołówka" (putting aside whether that is natural to say so).
Good catch. I should have elaborated on that sentence more. What I mean is that in both English and Polish in sentences that express lack of something, it is more appropriate to use a negative connector (nor / ani) than the positive one (and / I). The given sentence with "and" is technically correct and you are right that it should be translated as "i" not "ani". My previous comment should have said that it is more natural for both languages to have "I do not have a pen or a pencil (or neither a pen nor a pencil) and translated into "Nie mam długopisu ani ołówka"
To me the use of "and" under negation implies that the pen and pencil are a set, like the gift sets people give as presents. Under most circumstances it would be more common to say "a pen or pencil," i.e. the question is whether the person has a writing implement. That would be translated "Nie mam długopisu ani ołówka," while "Nie mam ani dłupopisu ani ołówka" is more emphatic, "I have neither a pen nor a pencil"?
I guess "Nie mam długopisu ani ołówka" is a more probable sentence, "... i ołówka" does sound as if I was supposed to have both and I didn't take them from home. Which of course is possible.